Refugees who fled Libya resettled abroad

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Over 2,200 refugees stranded in Libya are to be resettled in Europe and the United State of America, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The refugees have been living at a transit centre along the Libya-Tunisia border for the past 18 months after escaping the war in Libya.

The United States has agreed to resettle 2,000 refugees, while Germany will take about 200 refugees.

IOM spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the refugees departing for Germany on Monday had initially fled from conflict in their countries to Libya before being uprooted again during the Libyan civil war last year.

"Although benefiting from protection and assistance in Tunisia, many refugees have been in a state of limbo for more than 18 months. Most of those being resettled to Germany originate from Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia and are single males between the ages of 18 and 35 years. But there are also over twenty families with children and three unaccompanied minors."

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IOM says 635 refugees remaining at the transit centre are waiting to be resettled in another country.

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