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UNHCR: ‘Stopping the landings is not enough’

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Interview. The traffickers are looking for new routes, but in the meantime migrants have been abandoned. Europe must take 40,000 of them at least.

written by Carlo Lania

Topic Refugees

Also filed under interview

September 9, 2017

“The situation of migrants in Libya has reached levels of intolerable suffering,” said Carlotta Sami, the Southern Europe spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. “That is why we must act quickly. The actions to stop the flows were very fast, now, we must move to open legal asylum procedures into Europe just as fast.” We spoke with her about the situation in Europe and North Africa.

It seems Europe is just finding out what has actually been known for a long time: that in Libya migrants are being tortured.

I think Europe is perfectly aware of the situation of refugees in Libya, because even before the report by Doctors Without Borders there were others from the United Nations agencies. Libya is known as an extremely critical situation, where there are both official detention centers and abuses and maltreatments carried out by criminals. The management of migration flows has always been entrusted to this indiscriminate and indefinite detention system.

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