Migrant workers flee violence in Libya

Up to 50,000 foreign migrant workers are on the move, fleeing violence in Libya according to the International Organization for Migration IOM.

Migrants fleeing Libya

Migrants fleeing Libya

At least 10 foreign governments including Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Moldova and Montenegro have requested the IOM to assist in evacuating their nationals from Libya.

IOM is appealing for 11 million dollars to assist in the evacuation and repatriation of the first group of 10,000 foreign workers.

Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says concern is also growing for thousands of undocumented and illegal migrants in Libya who may have no means to flee the violence.

“The 8,000 registered by UNHCR have UNHCR documents which we believe will help them if they arrive at one of the borders. However there were thousands of people and may be they still are in detention centre’s who do not have any refugee papers and we are particularly concerned for these people and for their vulnerability.”

The World Food Programme says Libya is a net importer of food and the ongoing violence may lead to severe food shortages.

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