Libya Deports 120 Illegal Migrants to Sudan

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On Monday, the Libyan Immigration Control Department said that it had deported more than 120 illegal African migrants to Sudan.

In a statement, the department said the migrants of Chadian and Sudanese nationalities were deported by land through the southern city of Kufra.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) recently said that Libya is home to more than 650,000 illegal immigrants, 6,000 of whom are held in detention centres, including women and children.

Shelters in Libya are crowded with migrants rescued at sea or arrested on land, despite international calls to close those detention centres.

Thousands of illegal migrants, mostly Africans, choose to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe from Libya, which in the words of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is not a safe port in light of its security conditions.

Libya has become a preferred point of departure for thousands of migrants who seek to escape insecurity and chaos that have plagued Libya since the fall of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.