The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOM offices in
Libya have signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement to address
the many pressing needs of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
who are currently in reception and detention centres in Libya.
On Monday IOM and the World Islamic Call Society (WICS) will host a
seminar in Tripoli to present the outcomes of Prometeo (Promoting
Management and Expertise for Trafficking Eradication and
Opposition) – a project funded by the Italian Ministry of
The IOM office in Libya has entered into a key partnership with
three leading Libyan non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to
provide much-needed humanitarian assistance to undocumented
migrants who are currently detained for immigration law violations.
A group of 60 Libyan judges and prosecutors are being provided
training by IOM on various aspects of irregular migration,
including human trafficking, in a bid to enhance their
understanding of the phenomenon that also affects their country.
Migrants rescued from a smuggler's boat that capsized off the coast
of Libya earlier in the week said the boat had capsized because of
the bad weather and because of those on board panicking at seeing
the boat leaking water.
More than two hundred migrants are still missing from a boat that
capsized at sea 30 miles off the Libyan coast near the Buri oil
More than a hundred undocumented migrants from Mali, Ghana,
Senegal, Nigeria, Niger and Liberia, who were stranded in Libya
with no money or travel documents, some en route to Europe, have so
far this year benefited from IOM's voluntary return and
Some 350 undocumented migrants from Niger, Ghana, Mali, Burkina
Faso, Senegal and Togo who are currently stranded in Libya with no
money or travel documents, some en route to Europe, will benefit
over the coming month from IOM's voluntary return and reintegration
IOM's voluntary return and reintegration programme for irregular
migrants stranded in Libya en route to Europe will likely be cut
due to a lack of funding, despite increased demand for its
An international seminar on the role of the clergy in supporting
vulnerable migrants, organized by IOM's missions in Rome and
Tripoli and the NGO World Islamic Call Society (WICS), will take
place in the Libyan capital today.