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Libya: The last evacuation flight of the year has made 177 vulnerable asylum seekers safe in Niger.


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On the last evacuation flight from Libya this year, UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, took 177 vulnerable asylum seekers to a safe place in Niger. This is the second evacuation flight to Niger this year since the Libyan authorities lifted the total ban on humanitarian flights in October.

It is also the 30th evacuation flight since the emergency transport mechanism was installed in Niger. ETM was founded by the Niger government in 2017. The Niger government has generously agreed to temporarily accept asylum seekers and refugees facing life-threatening situations in Libya, and UNHCR has identified a permanent solution for them. To date, 3,710 refugees and asylum seekers, including those arriving today, have fled Libya to Niger, of which 3,255 have resettled or complemented their departures from Niger.

“We are delighted to be able to plan this second evacuation flight to Niger this year and thank the Libyan authorities for their support,” said Jean-Paul Cavalieri, UNHCR Mission Chief, Libya. “These life-saving flights bring hope for a better future to some of the most vulnerable people in urgent need for security and protection,” he added.

People evacuated to Niger include families and toddlers. Some have just been released from detention, while others live in urban areas. Many are victims of smuggling and smuggling and have experienced violence in Libya.

In Niger, UNHCR provides mental health support to those facing tragic events in Libya and provides access to educational and vocational training opportunities on their way to Libya or in their country of origin.

“UNHCR is grateful to the Niger government for its generous open door policy and acceptance of this new refugee group evacuated from Libya,” said Emmanuel Gignac, UNHCR representative of Niger. “In Niger, they are protected and cared for while we are looking for solutions to them.”

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Libya: The last evacuation flight of the year has made 177 vulnerable asylum seekers safe in Niger.

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