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UN: Signs Libya is encouraging boat people

UN: Signs Libya is encouraging boat people

The U.N. refugee agency says there are signs that Libyan authorities are encouraging African migrants to board unseaworthy boats bound for Europe.
A spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says thousands of people are poised to make the treacherous sea journey from Libya to Italy in the coming weeks as weather conditions in the Mediterranean improve.
Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that the conflict in Libya has opened up a route for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa that was closed for two years because of an agreement between Libya and Italy.
Fleming says Libyan authorities "are not discouraging at all, in fact there may be signs that they are encouraging, these boat journeys."


Updated : 2021-07-30 23:55 GMT+08:00