According to Nasser al-Khatroshi, head of the Deportation Office of the Department against Illegal Immigration, the immigrants, who are from Egypt, Niger and Sudan, were deported overland to their own countries.
The deportation was first carried out in collaboration with Libya’s Eastern and Southern Anti-Illegal Immigration Departments, the Libyan official said.
“Today we are very happy to see officials from the west, east and south of Libya gathered here in Tripoli to solve the problem of illegal immigration, which is a complicated issue,” said Mohamed al-Khoja, head of the Department against Illegal Immigration. . .
Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach European shores.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a total of 20,842 illegal immigrants, including women and children, have been rescued at sea and returned to Libya so far this year.
Meanwhile, 500 illegal immigrants have been killed and another 863 have gone missing off the Libyan coast en route to the central Mediterranean, the IOM said. ■