Somalia and IOM facilitate return of 91 Somalis from Libya

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Somalia and IOM facilitate return of 91 Somalis from Libya

MOGADICHE – Somalia and the United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), facilitated the return of 91 citizens after more than two years of confinement in detention centers in Libya.

Somali Foreign Minister Abdisaid Muse Ali, who received the nationals who landed at Mogadishu airport early Wednesday, said the government was working tirelessly to secure their release.

Muse said the government is expected to bring in another 100 more citizens from Libya soon.

“We welcomed 97 Somalis this morning back from Libya. The government has made efforts to secure their release. The government has worked hard to return the citizens who have suffered to foreign countries,” Muse said.

IOM has facilitated the return of Somalis who have been stranded or imprisoned in foreign countries, particularly in Libya, Tanzania and Uganda.

According to the Somali government, more than 2,500 Somalis have been repatriated from Libya, India, Seychelles, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania since 2018.

The UN says Somalia continues to be characterized by migratory flows, with internal displacement and irregular migration posing major challenges. Every year, thousands of Somalis who make dangerous journeys along regional migration routes face serious protection risks.

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