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Published on March 16th, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti


High-Level AU, EU, UN Mission Visits Tripoli to Enhance Co-operation on Migration and Protection Issues in Libya

A high level mission of the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations visited Tripoli yesterday (22/02) to take stock of progress made and to further enhance cooperation with Libyan authorities in the joint response to migration and protection challenges. The visit to Libya is a direct follow-up to the meeting of the joint African Union – European Union – United Nations Task Force in Brussels, in December 2017.

The mission included Commissioner of the African Union Amira El-Fadil, representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission, the UN Support Mission in Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They met with the Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Sialla and other Libyan officials including the Deputy Minister of Interior, and the Director of the General Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration. The mission also visited a detention centre for migrants and a shelter for internally displaced people.

The joint mission welcomed progress achieved with the voluntary humanitarian return of 19,370 migrants back to their countries of origin in 2017 and 9,379 since 28th November 2017 to date.  In parallel, 1,211 refugees were evacuated from Libya to Niger in view of their resettlement, since December 2017.

Additional efforts are, however, needed to ensure the protection of refugees, including by allowing the UNHCR to work beyond the seven official nationalities recognised by the Libyan government in the framework of their evacuation out of Libya for their resettlement.

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