Libya Repatriates Illegal Migrants to Egypt, Nigeria

Wed Dec 13 2023
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TRIPOLI: Libya has expelled nearly 1,000 migrants from Egypt and Nigeria who had been living in the North country illegally, Western media reported on Tuesday.

About 664 Egyptians were to be transported to the Emsaed border post with Egypt on bus which is 1,400 kilometers east of Tripoli.

Chief of Libya’s anti-immigration body affiliated to the interior ministry, General Mohamad Bardaa, said 300 Nigerians were shifted to the airport to be flown home.

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Chaos started in Libya with the ouster and killing of former dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. The African state is now governed by rival administrations in the west and east and has become a center for illegal migration to Europe.

Migrants trying to enter into Europe from north Africa often fell into the hands of human traffickers for extortion of money.

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Thousands of illegal migrants, mostly Egyptians who lived in or near to Tripoli, worked in agriculture, business and construction business.

Last month, 600 Egyptians were sent home in similar operations and on November 6, 250 people were sent back to Niger and Chad on November 28.

According to the statistics of the International Organization for Migration more than 700,000 illegal migrants mostly from Niger and Egypt lived in Libya between May and June this year.

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