Migrants in Libya escape violence

Thousands of migrants living in Libya have crossed the border into Tunisia to escape the violence in the North African country, according to the International Organization for Migration, IOM.

Protests in Libya

Protests in Libya

Most of the arrivals have been Tunisian nationals.

However, IOM officials say migrants from various countries including Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and several Sub-Saharan African nations have moved to towns along the border and requested assistance to travel back to their home countries.

Jean Philippe Chauzy says Libya has over 1.5 million irregular migrants from Africa, the Middle East as well as Asia. He says their safety is of major concern.

“The information we are getting is pretty fragmented, it’s difficult to get a full picture. Looking at how those migrants workers were fairing in Libya before the events they were also suffering from discrimination and in some cases acts of xenophobic violence. Most of the migrants in Libya are probably today hiding as best as they can, limiting their movements because of insecurity. Fear is rampant among all those who were vulnerable in Libya before those events.”

The IOM says several governments have also requested the organization to help in the evacuation of their nationals from Libya.

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