Mogherini: Number of migrant crossings from Libya has fallen 80%

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 12 Sep 2018, 04:41 PM
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the number of migrants leaving the Libyan coast for Europe has fallen 80 percent this year compared to the same period last year, but called on European countries to shoulder their responsibilities to contain the crisis.

The European Union, in cooperation with the African Union and international organizations, has contributed to the repatriation of thousands of migrants, but noted that "the rights of thousands of migrants in Libya remain at risk as a result of the spread of violence. Migrants become the primary target."

In a speech before the European Parliament session on Tuesday, she stressed the continued work with Libyan authorities to transfer all migrants from detention centers, helping those who wish to return home and opening a safe passage to Europe for those who deserve asylum.

Mogherini accused some European countries of not cooperating to resolve the migration crisis. "Most EU countries are not doing their job, especially with regard to granting international protection to migrants," she said. "EU countries have a responsibility to resolve the crisis and have the responsibility to give international protection to those who deserve it," calling for an accelerated evacuation of migrants from Libya to Niger.

"The number of immigrants from Libya to Europe has dropped by 80% this year compared to the same period last year thanks to the partnership with the Libyan authorities, the United Nations and international relief organizations," but at the same time called on European countries to allocate more resources and funding ensure progress on the issue.

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