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Libya deports 124 illegal migrants

| Updated: November 25, 2017 10:00:07


Migrants cross seas to escape violence but many of them face death. (AP photo used for representational purpose) Migrants cross seas to escape violence but many of them face death. (AP photo used for representational purpose)

Libya's Anti-Illegal Immigration Department has deported a total of 124 illegal African immigrants from the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to a local official.

"The child Mamani returned to her home in Ivory Coast Wednesday, accompanied by 123 other illegal immigrants from Ivory Coast," said Hosni Abu-Ayana, head of the media office of Tripoli's Illegal Immigration Department.

The deportations were organised in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration within its humanitarian voluntary program, he added.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Libyan authorities launched a humanitarian repatriation program to repatriate migrants detained in Libyan shelters in their countries of origin, says a Xinhua news agency report.  

Libya is a major departure point for illegal migrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores, due to the insecurity and chaos in the North African nation.

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