IOM Calls for Donor Stamina as it Appeals for Nearly US$160 Million to Continue Assisting Migrants Fleeing Libyan Crisis
With the Libyan crisis showing no signs of abating and thousands of
migrants fleeing the country on a daily basis and in need of
assistance to return home, IOM is today urgently appealing for
nearly USD 160 million to allow it continue providing critical
Nearly 830 African migrants from Tripoli and Misurata in Libya who
arrived on the Italian Island of Linosa between 26-28 March are
today being transferred to Sicily.
IOM has resumed the evacuation of stranded migrants from the port
of Benghazi to the border crossing at Salum, in Egypt, after a
brief suspension caused by the deteriorating security conditions.
Ever Increasing Numbers of Sub-Saharan Africans Arrive in Niger from Libya with Reports of Many Thousands More Stranded in Libya
Nearly 4,900 Sub-Saharan Africans have arrived in Niger from Libya
in recent days with reports coming in to IOM that many thousands
more are either en route to the northern Nigerien town of Dirkou or
stranded in the southern Libyan city of Sabha.
As IOM's mass evacuation of foreign migrant workers from countries
neighbouring Libya passes 21,000, the agency has warned that it
could face a funding crunch unless more international donors step
IOM has today increased its appeal for the Libyan crisis to US$49.2
million dollars, urging the international donor community to not
let up in responding to the crisis.
More than 640 migrants were evacuated from the Libyan port city of
Benghazi by IOM yesterday, 3 March.
IOM is today beginning its first evacuations of migrants out of the
Libyan port city of Benghazi.
Priority is being given to about 200 particularly vulnerable
migrants, mostly women, children and those in need of medical
IOM is urgently appealing for an initial USD 11 million to assist
migrants caught out by the violence in Libya and who are in dire
need of evacuation and repatriation assistance.
IOM staff on the Ras Adjir border point between Libya and Tunisia,
say that more people are crossing the border into Tunisia today
than on previous days as they flee the violence in Libya.