July 5, 2017
Migration from Libya to Europe has increased in the last year, is expected to increase further, and consists overwhelmingly of young men, who are mostly economic migrants, a new United Nations study has found.
The study, commissioned by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, found that the Central Mediterranean (Libya to Italy) route was the most popular route for migrants and refugees looking to get into Europe.
“Libya is by far the preferred jumping off point for refugees and migrants from Africa hoping to reach Europe; yet it is particularly unsafe,” the report found.
The report included interviews with refugees and migrants from Libya, Algeria, Chad, Italy, Niger and Tunisia in 2016, found that 80 percent of the refugees and migrants traveling the route to Europe were young men. Their average age was 22 and the vast majority were traveling alone — bursting the narrative that the migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe are families.
This article was posted: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 7:12 am