Libya deports over 100 W. African migrants to Burkina Faso

By Paul Stevens |

TRIPOLI, Sept. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) — Illegal immigrants wait to be transferred in Tripoli, Libya, on Sept. 14, 2017. Dozens of people were deported from Libya’s Tripoli on Tuesday, Tripoli’s anti-illegal immigration department said. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia) (zf)

NORTH AFRICA – War torn Libya has deported about 100 immigrants from Burkina Faso and other West African states on Wednesday, Libyan authorities confirmed.

“On Wednesday morning, anti-illegal immigration department of Tripoli deported 82 illegal immigrants from the Republic of Burkina Faso voluntarily,” said the official statement.

With assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) hundreds of African migrants have been deported voluntarily from Libya on a frequent basis.

The Libyan immigration department also said all deported immigrants always return home with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Sources say Libya is a preferred point of departure for sub-Sahara African immigrants with intent and interest to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

According to internal sources questioning immigrants. Most are fleeing their homelands due to the insecurity and chaos as well as unemployment and poverty.

Also, the rise of Islamic terrorists’ attacks and the gradual spread of local radicalism by groups like Boko Haram and the Al Qaeda affiliate – the AQIM -in northern Mali are some of main reasons many are leaving.

According to recent IOM’s estimates, thousands of migrants have already reached European shores in 2017 so far, while many others have drowned on the way.

Source: Globe Afrique

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.