Tripoli Illegal Immigration Department says a total of 124 illegal immigrants from Ivory Coast were voluntarily deported on Thursday from the Libyan capital Tripoli.
This coming barely two days after Senegalese President Macky Sall called on all African Leaders to make immediate efforts to repatriate their citizens from Libya.
Mack Sall who addressed the second session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Tuesday, said that in view on the illegal slave trade in Libya, African heads of state must meet to decide on sactions for Libya.
“The child Mamani returned to her home in Ivory Coast today, accompanied by 123 other illegal immigrants from Ivory Coast,” Hosni Abu-Ayana, head of the media office of told Xinhua.
“The migrants returned within the humanitarian voluntary program by the International Organization for Migration in cooperation with the Libyan authorities,” Abu-Ayana added.
The International Organisation for Migration and the Libyan authorities launched a humanitarian repatriation program to repatriate migrants detained in Libyan shelters in their countries of origin.
Libya is a major departure point for illegal migrants wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores, due to the insecurity and chaos in the North African nation.