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68% of migrants arrived to Europe between Jan and May this year came from Libya: UNHCR

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – Since the start of 2020, some 8,600 refugees and migrants have departed from Libya by sea, according to UNHCR records of disembarkations, according to the UN refugee agency.

As of 31 May, 8,200 had been disembarked, with the vast majority in Libya (47%), followed by Italy (37%), Malta (15%) and Tunisia (1%), said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Arrivals from Libya to Italy and Malta comprised 68% of arrivals to Europe via the Central Mediterranean route between January and May this year, with the remainder of those using this route arriving from Tunisia, Algeria, Greece, or Albania, it noted out.

The number of people who departed from Libya was higher than in the same period last year, although it is worth recalling that departures increased from May to November 2019, including because of the effects of the ongoing conflict in Libya, according to the Agency.

Overall, the number of departures from Libya has significantly decreased since early 2017. So far this year, 109 people are known to have died at sea after departing from Libya.

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