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Joint EU Taskforce with African Union and UN assists 16,000 people stranded in Libya

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Thanks to the Joint European Union – African Union – United Nation Taskforce that was set up in the margins of the AU-EU Summit in November 2017, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have assisted 15,000 migrants stranded in Libya to return voluntarily in a safe manner to their homes and to benefit from reintegration assistance. Additional 1,300 refugees have been evacuated from Libya by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

On 26 February, the European Union adopted an additional package worth €150 million in support of the Joint Taskforce. The new programmes aim at providing protection to migrants and refugees in Libya, as well as assist the evacuation of additional 3,800 people in need of international protection. The new measures will further assist the reintegration of migrants in their home countries and improve assistance to migrants in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin.

For more information, please read the Progress report on the Implementation of the European Agenda on Migration (14/03/2018). And the EEAS article.