€1 million in extra aid for migrants fleeing Libya

The Netherlands is contributing an additional €1 million for the reception and humanitarian evacuation of migrants fleeing Libya, in response to an appeal from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The money will fund reception facilities for fleeing labour migrants stranded on Libya’s borders and their return to their home countries. The Netherlands is concerned that the evacuation keep pace with the influx of migrants, to prevent the humanitarian situation from deteriorating.

To date, some 430,000 people have fled Libya, including large numbers of labour migrants from Bangladesh and countries in Africa. About 12,000 are currently stranded in towns and camps along the Libyan border with Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Algeria. IOM is providing them with emergency reception facilities, care, and air, sea and road transport to their countries of origin.

The Netherlands had already pledged €0.5 million to the Red Cross and €1 million to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.