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UNHCR evacuates 103 refugees and asylum seekers from Libya to Italy

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) evacuated 103 vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers on 19 December from Libya to Italy, including 88 individuals hosted in the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli. This marks the second evacuation conducted from the GDF since its opening on 4 December, UNHCR said in a report today.

Refugees and asylum-seekers were previously detained in five detention centers. The remaining 15 refugees who departed to Italy were living in the urban community, the report said.

Since November 2017, UNHCR has evacuated 2,793 refugees out of Libya including 2,202 to Niger, 415 to Italy and 176 to Romania, according to UNHCR.

UNHCR continues to identify, process and submit cases for resettlement and other durable solutions. Since September 2017, UNHCR submitted 1,048 cases to seven resettlement countries, of whom 419 already departed Libya. In December, UNHCR facilitated the resettlement of 153 refugees to Canada, the UN refugee agency pointed out.

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