Shipwreck off Libya coast kills 74 migrants

by Jenny Mount · Nov 13th, 2020 4:06 pm

Last Updated Nov 16th, 2020 at 5:30 am

A shipwreck off the coast of Libya has led to the death of at least 74 migrants, with 47 survivors being brought to shore by coastguards and fishermen.

Libya is used by mainly African migrants as a major transit point as they try to cross the Mediterranean to get to Europe.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported at least 900 drownings this year already as migrants attempted to cross. An additional 11,000 migrants have been stopped at sea and sent back to Libya, where they are often detained, exploited, or abused upon arrival.

IOM and UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, agree that migrants rescued or stopped at sea should not be taken back to Libya and that it should not be considered a safe port of return.


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