The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed that throughout 2023, Libyan authorities intercepted approximately 4,200 irregular migrants in the Mediterranean. The UNHCR provided a periodic update on the situation, reporting that an estimated 4,261 migrants currently reside in immigration detention centers nationwide.
The UNHCR also stated that 30 migrants reportedly escaped or were released from the Al-Sarraj Detention Center in Tripoli. The commission has expressed concern for the safety and well-being of these individuals.
However, the UNHCR noted that more than 110 migrants were able to leave Libya in March through resettlement in three other countries.” This will hopefully lead to their reunification with their families soon,” it added.
“The UNHCR has been closely monitoring the situation of migrants in Libya, and continues to work towards ensuring their safety and rights are protected.” the commission concluded.