Libya to expel 271 illegal migrants from African countries

TRIPOLI Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:43am EDT

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya plans to expel 271 migrants from sub-Saharan countries in a fresh crackdown on illegal immigration to and through the North African country, state news agency LANA said on Tuesday.

The emigrants will be deported to their home countries Chad, Niger, Eritrea, Ghana, Sudan and Nigeria, LANA said, quoting immigration officials.

Many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa head to this oil producing country to escape from desperate conditions in their own countries and find work here, or risk the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Western powers worry that Islamist militants exploit Libya's turmoil and lawlessness to get training in the vast desert country or smuggle weapons and fighters via its porous borders to conflict hotspots such as Mali, Sudan or Syria.

(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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nose2066 wrote:
In the past years, people from Africa, would typically migrate to Libya, and then they would cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

Prior to the NATO bombings of Libya, the former government of Muammar Gaddafi, would receive payments from governments in Western Europe, for Libya’s work in turning back immigrants so that those immigrants would not flood into Western Europe (especially France where the immigrant community have had annual riots).

That sort of bad publicity doesn’t normally make it into the news these days. So you have to wonder if the new government of Libya is still receiving those payments.

Apr 22, 2014 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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