Maghreb Arab Press

AU to Bring 20,000 Migrants Home from Libya

Addis Ababa  -  
The African Union (AU) said that it aims to bring 20,000 African Migrants home from Libya in the next six weeks.

The African Union had earlier said it wanted to repatriate 15,000 migrants by the year's end, but increased its goal after a task force - including AU, European Union and United Nations officials — met earlier this week.

The Task Force, which will be chaired by Commissioner Amira el-Fadil, agreed to operate at three levels: political, working-level and operational (to be coordinated by the African Union Liaison Office for Libya based in Tunis), the AU said in a press release, adding that the immediate focus of the Task Force will be on the repatriation, within the next 6 weeks, of the 20,000 migrants currently in identified Government-controlled detention centers who have expressed the wish to leave Libya, while work will also continue to address other related issues.

Other immediate priorities also include working with the concerned African Union member states to provide consular services to their nationals stranded in Libya, in order to identify them and provide them with travel documents.

Last modified : 07 December 2017

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