The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that 130 illegal immigrants were evacuated from Libya to Niger.
“Today, 130 refugees from Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia departed from our Gathering & Departure Center (GDF) in Tripoli to UNHCR Emergency Transit Mechanism in Niamey,” UNHCR said in a statement.
“They were all released a few days ago from different Libyan detention centers thanks to UNHCR advocacy,” the statement said.
Libya has become a preferred departure point for illegal immigrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe because of insecurity and chaos in the North African country following the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Shelters in Libya are crowded with thousands of illegal immigrants rescued at sea or arrested by the Libyan security services.