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Contact group formed to deal with migrant crisis


After the epidemic of deadly shipwrecks off Libya’s coast, the UN Refugee Agency has helped set up a forum to enhance Libya’s response to boats in distress off its coast, by sharing its information’s with international organisation

In a statement, the Spokesperson of the UNHCR, Leo Dobbs said “We hope the new contact group will boost Libya’s ability to save lives at sea, collect bodies at sea or along the coast and improve the humanitarian care of the rescued on disembarkation”

In hopes to reduce the death rate the contact group was created. This group will include, Libyan officials responsible for search and rescue, border security and detention centres for rescued or intercepted boat people. The contact group will work in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration.

The group will meet at least three times over the next coming nine months and will help provide training in areas such as information management, communications, body retrieval and identification of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The European Union will provide the funding required.