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Libyan Newswire

Answer – VP/HR – Forced labour among migrants in Libya – E-000532/2018

The High Representative/Vice-President is aware of the situation of migrants and refugees in Libya and condemns all human rights and international humanitarian law violations and abuses. There is still a lot to do, but the EU and its Member States have progressively put in place a comprehensive migration strategy that assists and protects migrants and refugees along the migratory routes and addresses the root causes of irregular migration in countries of origin, transit and destination, while supporting more efficient measures to combat trafficking and smuggling networks, and the provision of legal pathways for regular migration.

The EU has stepped up its work in the framework of the trilateral Task Force with the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) agencies to accelerate assisted voluntary returns (AVR) with around 20 000 stranded migrants evacuated in 2017 and 5 406 in 2018, and emergency evacuation in view of resettlement with 1 342 refugees evacuated from Libya in 2018, and through cooperation with the countries of origin. The Task Force carried out a high-level mission to Tripoli on 22 February 2018 to take stock of the progress made and enhance the cooperation with the Libyan authorities in the joint efforts to tackle migration challenges.

In addition, the EU is actively engaged in promoting stability in the wider region, including through its Common Security and Defence Policy missions, namely EUCAP Sahel Niger capacity-building mission and Mali and European Union Border Assistance Mission Libya as well as through the joint investigation team in Niger and the support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

Thanks to these efforts and advocacy, the numbers of migrants held in official detention centres already decreased to 5 000 and the EU continues to call upon the Libyan authorities to put an end to the detention system in place.