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Observers have questioned whether the 4.8 million euros will truly help curb irregular migration and human trafficking. Critics argue the money could end up in the wrong hands in Libya’s unstable political climate. There is also concern that rather than repatriating migrants, the funds may go towards settling them permanently in Libya without addressing the root causes driving them to leave their home countries. The intentions behind Italy’s pledge remain unclear.

A rubber boat carrying dozens of Europe-bound migrants sank off the coast of Libya and at least 55 people drowned, including women and children, the UN migration agency said Wednesday. It was the latest tragedy in this part of the Mediterranean Sea, a key route for migrants.

Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Georgette Gagnon, held talks with the office staff of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Benghazi to discuss “IOM’s vital life-saving protection and psychosocial support to vulnerable migrants in host communities,” according to Gagnon.