GENEVA / LIBYA MIGRANTS

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Nearly 1,000 migrants, including more than two hundred women and children, have been returned to Libyan shores since the beginning of the year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / LIBYA MIGRANTS
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 JANUARY 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, UN Geneva Flag alley Exterior
2. Wide shot, Press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Safa Msehli, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“These returned migrants are among the more than 1,000 who have left Libya by sea since 1 January, driven in part by the heaviest clashes Tripoli has seen since hostilities began nine months ago.”
4. Close up, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Safa Msehli, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“Migrants who spoke to staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at disembarkation points in Libya said that the escalation in hostilities in and around the capital, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation are the main reasons behind this increase in departures.”
6. Med shot, cameramen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Safa Msehli, spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM):
“IOM has consistently called for the dismantling of the detention system, and the orderly release of migrants. Alternative solutions that safeguard lives must be found to alleviate the suffering of thousands of men, women, and children who are held in inhumane conditions”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. Med shot, podium
10. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

Nearly 1,000 migrants, including more than two hundred women and children, have been returned to Libyan shores since the beginning of the year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today (14 Jan).

According to IOM spokesperson Safa Msehli, most have disembarked in Tripoli, as armed clashes are reported to continue in the capital, and all have been taken to detention centres.

Msehli told reporters, “these returned migrants are among the more than 1,000 who have left Libya by sea since 1 January, driven in part by the heaviest clashes Tripoli has seen since hostilities began nine months ago.”

He added, “migrants who spoke to staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at disembarkation points in Libya said that the escalation in hostilities in and around the capital, and the deteriorating humanitarian situation are the main reasons behind this increase in departures.”

As a comparison, during the same period last year, 23 bodies were recovered by the Libyan coast guard and no migrants were returned to Libya. The current sudden increase in departures was described by the IOM as “alarming” given “very limited search and rescue capacity” in the Mediterranean.

IOM teams are present at disembarkation points to provide emergency assistance to migrants, including basic health assistance and screenings, but the organization says that measures to protect lives and guarantee the safety of the people being returned as they try to flee worsening conditions in Libya are not in place.

Msehli said, “IOM has consistently called for the dismantling of the detention system, and the orderly release of migrants. Alternative solutions that safeguard lives must be found to alleviate the suffering of thousands of men, women, and children who are held in inhumane conditions.”

Over 1,000 other migrants who have registered for IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme are still trapped in Libya due to the security situation in the country. The unsafe environment in the country’s capital, Tripoli, has disrupted aviation activities -- hindering an important lifeline for stranded migrants.
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