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Netherlands to aid migrants through IOM

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LIBYAPROSPECT – London

The Netherlands government has donated almost EUR1 million to fund a 12-month International Organization for Migration (IOM) project, supporting humanitarian repatriation and reintegration of vulnerable migrants out of Libya.

The project will assist some 400 stranded migrants who choose to return to their countries of origin of the 400 migrants, 180 vulnerable migrants will be eligible for post-arrival reintegration support, as part of the program.

The project, according to the Dutch ambassador to Libya, Eric Strating, aims to target the migrants who have been rescued at sea or those who have been detained by the Libyan authorities in Libya immigration detention centers, including the victims of trafficking. Strating also noted that voluntary return of vulnerable migrants to their original country is an essential part of the solution to the Libyan migrant crisis.

The number of migrants who voluntarily want to return from IOM Libya has increased, as the security situation in Libya deteriorates. Since the 5th December 2016, 2,463 migrants have returned to their country of origin with the IOM this year, mainly to sub-Saharan Africa. That figure is more than double of the 2015 figures which were 1,113.