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Libyan Newswire

Answer – Denunciation of the EU's policy against migrants – E-007691/2017

The European Union has been working for two years to make sure United Nations (UN) agencies can access Libya and protect those in need, offering durable solutions to migrants and refugees stranded inside Libya.

As a result of EU funding and the work of the International Organisation for Migration, more than 19 370 migrants have returned safely home in 2017 and benefitted from a reintegration package upon their return with already more than 2 000 returned in 2018.

The work does not stop there, as the European Union is committed to offer legal pathways for resettlement from Libya for refugees. Member States have already pledged nearly 40 000 places following the Commission’s call to resettle a further 50 000 refugees by May 2019, with at least 1 000 from Libya. In response to a plea from the Commission, several Member States have increased their contribution to the EU Trust Fund for Africa.(1)

With EU support, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR has already brought 1 084 people in need of international protection out of Libya, out of whom 770 were evacuated to Niger, 312 resettled to Italy and 2 brought on a temporary basis to the UNHCR transit center in Romania.

The European Union has also set up a joint Task Force with the African Union and the UN to scale up the work, to help and support thousands more migrants and reinforce the fight against the criminal networks in Libya. The EU’s actions are implemented in close cooperation with partners and in full respect of human rights, including the principle of non-refoulement.

(1) The EU emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa (the ‘EU Trust Fund for Africa’); Commission Decision C(2015)7293 final.