43 Refugees Have Been Repatriated From Libya to Niger Republic

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Nzeyimana Consolate (C) arrives carrying her baby at the Nyabitara Transit site, among other Burundian refugees on October 3, 2019 in Ruyigi, Burundi. - Nearly 600 Burundians who fled political violence in their home country to Tanzania were on Thursday repatriated voluntarily, the UN refugee agency and witnesses said. The move came after the Tanzanian government vowed that from October 1 it would start repatriating all Burundians, willing or not -- a stance that some officials appeared to be trying to roll back. (Photo by TCHANDROU NITANGA / AFP) (Photo by TCHANDROU NITANGA/AFP via Getty Images)

The United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees said that 43 refugees have been repatriated from Libya to Niger Republic.

A few days ago, the Commission announced the evacuation of 306 refugees from Libya to Rwanda.

The Commission estimated that 4,500 refugees and asylum seekers are now being held in detention centers in Libya, confirming that they face the risk of being caught up in the continued clashes.

Thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly Africans, chose to cross the Mediterranean from Libya towards Europe, due to the state of insecurity and chaos in the North African nation following the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Libya’s east-based army and the United Nation’s backed government have been fighting since early April over control of Tripoli, which has claimed many lives including immigrants.

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