UN refugee chief warns of increasing displacement - The Libyan Report

UN refugee chief warns of increasing displacement

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Jean-Paul Cavalieri, head of the Libya mission for the UNHCR, warned that the deterioration of conditions in Libya makes more than 200,000 people displaced.

Cavalieri made comments to Italian media this week, claiming that many Libyans have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing conflict in the country, which will likely increase the hundreds of thousands of migrants already in Libya, reports Il Giornale .

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“There are more than 217,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in the country: children, women, men in conditions of extreme risk. And we cannot access all parts of Libya, ”said Cavalieri.

“There are tens of thousands of people in arbitrary detention who are fighting for their daily survival. The Interior Ministry can no longer guarantee food and water to everyone, “he added, saying that some detainees even pay to stay in jails because they are convinced they will be the first to be evacuated if they remain.

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Estimates of the exact number of migrants in Libya waiting for a chance to cross the Mediterranean to Europe are unclear, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj claiming there are up to 800,000 and said that only Only 20,000 were in various camps. in the country.

Others, such as the famous ship captain of the German migrant transport NGO Carola Rackete, said the number was closer to 500,000. Rackete, who was arrested for helping illegal immigration to Italy , demanded last year that the European Union open the doors to all 500,000 migrants and allow them to enter the countries of the political bloc.

During the period during which Matteo Salvini, leader of the Populist Anti-Migration League, served as Italian Minister of the Interior, the number of migrants fell sharply.

However, since Salvini and the League left the government in September 2019, the activities of migrant-transport NGOs and the number of new arrivals have increased under the unpopular left-wing coalition of the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party.

Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or by email at ctomlinson (at) breitbart.com

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