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UNHCR: Over 5,000 migrants have ended up in detention centers in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – 5,500 migrants have ended up in detention centers in Libya since the beginning of the year, according to data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Of those 5,500 migrants, over 3,680 in centers near the ongoing conflict in Tripoli which began in April. The UNHCR offers medical assistance at the time of landing, before migrants are transferred to detention centers run by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

The UN agency said that men represent 76% of migrants detained in Libya, while women and children represent 10% and 14% respectively.

Human rights organizations have documented abuses against migrants detained in Libyan centers. Both the UN and the European Union do not consider Libya to be a safe haven for migrants.

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