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Concerns in Libya Over Establishment of Centers to 'Classify Refugees’

Concerns in Libya Over Establishment of Centers to 'Classify Refugees’

Saturday, 9 November, 2019 - 13:00
Migrants are seen after being rescued by Libyan coast guard in Khoms, Libya August 27, 2019. REUTERS/Ayman Sahely
Cairo - Jamal Jawhar

Statements by European officials expressing a will to renew an MoU that limits immigration have risen concerns of some Libyans, especially the following news that the Italian government demanded the European Union to support the construction of centers to classify the refugees in Libya.

The Italian government signed in 2017 with the Presidential Council of Libya an MoU to limit immigration from the Libyan shores. However, the House of Representatives in the east of the country rejected the MoU because it includes articles that target naturalizing migrants.

However, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minetti defended the agreement signed by the Government of National Accord (GNA). Still, he spoke about some improvements that can be made.

Agenzia Nova reported Friday Minetti’s speech with Corriere Della Sera newspaper regarding the agreement. Minetti said that the new government shows that it sticks to a main concept concerning the agreements.

He added that every point can be improved but coordination should be made.

When asked about the changes that can be made in the MoU, he replied that in the past two years the balance in Libya has become more dangerous. The priority should be for evacuating the reception camps, he added.

The camps seem to have now between 6,000 and 8,000 persons but some are close to the conflict zones in the capital and most of the migrants were evacuated, Minetti continued.

Further, the National Commission for Human Rights in Libya pointed out that it is against any program to naturalize the migrants and refugees in the country or to change the country into a giant detainees center to protect Europe.

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