WFP and IOM Discuss Migration with Libyan Officials

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On Saturday, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) participated in an expanded meeting with Libyan officials to discuss the issue of illegal migration in the Mediterranean.

The meeting was organized by Southern Libya Center for Strategic Studies and Migration Research. A number of officials from the Municipality of Sebha, along with the President of the Federation of African Communities in Sebha, attended the meeting.

The meeting discussed the cooperation and establishment of partnerships between attending organizations in all activities related to the issue of migration.

The participants discussed the joint project to create a common database for migrants, as well as to monitor displaced persons and provide assistance to them.

Last month, IOM reported that a total of 9,839 migrants had been rescued off Libya’s coast in 2020. Many African migrants pass through Libya to find a way to reach Europe.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for urgent action to address the “dire situation” of migrants coming from Libya to Europe. It denounced the violence against migrants, who seek safety in Europe.

The international organisation demanded that states “tackle the shocking conditions migrants face in Libya, at sea, and upon their reception in Europe.”