The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – The Foreign Ministry of Italy will support the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the execution of their joint plan for Libya, drawn up on Italian request in order to help stabilize the country and combat human trafficking.
According to a statement by the Italian ministry, funding from the ministry will be provided for IOM and UNHCR to be able to “operate in all regions of the country with initiatives of assistance, stabilization and peaceful coexistence between local communities, migrants, refugees and displaced persons”.
Migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe are regularly being exploited by human trafficking who blackmails them to escaping Libya, where they are held in detention centers in the west of the country. Detained migrants endure severe human rights abuses at the hands of militias backed by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).
IOM estimates that more than 5,400 migrants have been rescued and returned to Libya so far in 2020, compared with 9,200 in 2019.