The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday that 165 illegal migrants that were stranded in Libya have been assisted by the organization so that they have left for Nigeria.
“Our team yesterday assisted 165 stranded Nigerian migrants in Libya, mostly women, and children, to return to their homeland by a charter flight departing from Sebha airport (southern Libya),” the IOM said in a statement.
Surge Zirc reported Thursday the arrival of 161 deported Nigerians from the north African country at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.
The voluntary return exercise is mainly overseen by the International Organization for Migration to work out the return of illegal migrants who are stranded in Libya so they can all return to their different countries.
In recent times, North African country has become a preferred departure root for a lot of African illegal migrants looking to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe as a result of insecurity and chaos in the North African country following the 2011 crisis that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Many migrants have reportedly been detained in reception centers, while some were linked to been sold in the slave trade in Libya nothwithstanding international calls for closing those centers.