25 April 2018
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Refugees International report: "Death Would Have Been Better": Europe Continues to Fail Refugees and Migrants in Libya
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The report is based on February 2018 interviews conducted with asylum seekers and refugees who had been evacuated by UNHCR from detention centers in Libya to Niamey, Niger, where these men, women, and children await resettlement to a third country. The report shows that as the EU mobilizes considerable resources and efforts to stop the migration route through Libya, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants continue to face horrendous abuses in Libya and for those who attempt it, an even deadlier sea crossing to Italy. RI is particularly concerned that the EU continues to support the Libyan coast guard to intercept boats carrying asylum seekers, refugees and migrants and bring them back to Libyan soil, even though they are then transferred to detention centers.
The report also stresses the need for EU and other countries to urgently resettle the asylum seekers and refugees who have been evacuated to Niger. European governments failure to resettle them fast enough and in sufficient numbers led to a suspension of the program in March, leaving those who have been evacuated to Niger in limbo and preventing others from being rescued from Libya.
Refugees International recommends a number of steps to address the Libya crisis, including the following:
Read the full report: Death Would Have Been Better: Europe Continues to Fail Refugees and Migrants in Libya (pdf)
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