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03 Jul 2017 description
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Insecurity, economic crisis, abuse and exploitation in Libya push refugees and migrants to Europe, new study reveals.

A study of mixed refugee and migrant flows by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has found that around half of those travelling to Libya do so believing they can find jobs there, but end up fleeing onwards to Europe to escape life-threatening insecurity, instability, difficult economic conditions plus widespread exploitation and abuse.

10 Mar 2017 description

The UK’s aid response to irregular migration in the central Mediterranean

UK aid interventions designed to address irregular migration through the central Mediterranean are currently some distance from making a measurable impact, a new review has found. The Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) – which scrutinises taxpayer-funded UK aid – also warned that there is a risk that some programmes supported by UK aid in the region could cause unintended harm to vulnerable migrants.

07 Jul 2015 description

Detained Youth: Study Probes Fate of Young Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Libya

Libya - A new study by Asmita Naik for the Mixed Migration Hub (MHub) reveals a consistent pattern of young migrants, refugees and asylum seekers held in Libya in arbitrary detention in squalid, cramped conditions for months at a time without any form of due process.

The study, which paints a damning picture of the immigration detention of young migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees in Libya today, explores their experiences between November 2012 and November 2014.

13 Nov 2012 description

Foreign nationals face abuse and exploitation

Undocumented foreign nationals in Libya are at risk of exploitation, arbitrary and indefinite detention, as well as beatings, sometimes amounting to torture, Amnesty International said in a new briefing today.

The briefing “We are foreigners, we have no rights” is based on fact-finding visits to Libya between May and September 2012, and examines the plight of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Libya.