Libya’s Al-Shuhada Illegal Migration Combat Unit has successfully deported 46 migrants, including 20 Egyptians, through the Imsaad border crossing.
The unit revealed that an additional 26 individuals were handed over to the Qanfouda shelter center in Benghazi, including 22 nationals from Sudan, three from Chad, and one Nigerian.
According to the unit, the migrants entered Libyan territory without proper documentation, and were deported under the directives of the relevant public prosecution.
This is part of the ongoing efforts within Shuhada to maintain public health, and national security.
The unit also disclosed that the total number of deported illegal migrants from Shuhada during the latter half of 2023 was 285 individuals of various nationalities, including 83 in November.
Days ago, about 143 Bangladeshi migrants, previously held in detention centers in Tripoli, were successfully repatriated with the assistance of the UN, as reported by Anadolu Agency.
Chartered flights, organized by the IOM, transported the migrants, who arrived in Dhaka, on Tuesday. Another group of migrants is expected to arrive on 5 December, according to Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry.
Over the past two years, around 466,666 Bangladeshi expatriates have permanently returned, according to data from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). However, official records indicate that more than one million Bangladeshis sought better employment opportunities abroad in 2023.
Shariful Hasan, the head of BRAC’s Migration, a Dhaka-based non-governmental organization specializing in migration issues, informed Anadolu that the organization played a crucial role in supporting 968 returnees from Libya.
He stated, “As we learned from the migrants returning from Libya, they undertook risky sea voyages to reach Europe for better living.”
“During the last two years, Bangladesh sent over 2 million migrants until October of this year,” Hasan added.