Libya Deports Another Set of Illegal Immigrants
The Libyan authorities have deported 221 African and Asian illegal immigrants as part of the immigration department’s voluntary return programme.
In a statement, the Immigration department also disclosed that 163 Somali nationals had left for their home country on an airplane of local airliner Al-Buraq.
The department said the deportation was in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
“This is the first direct flight to leave Tripoli’s M’etiga international airport to the Somali capital Mogadishu,” the department said.
Similarly, the department said, 30 migrants from Bangladesh and 28 from Pakistan were sent to their countries of origin.
Libya has become a preferred point of departure for immigrants hoping to reach Europe after domestic conflicts erupted in the North African country in 2011.
The voluntary return program is carried out by the IOM in Libya to help illegal immigrants stranded in Libya return to their individual countries.