UN announces it resettled 71 refugees from Libya to Canada

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The Xinhua reported, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Sunday that it resettled 71 refugees from Libya to Canada.

The UNHCR tweeted: “UNHCR resettled 71 refugees, including 37 children, from Libya to Canada supported by IOM (the International Organization for Migration).”

It said: “The group included families from Syria, Sudan, Palestine and Somalia.”

The Xinhua said, there are currently 41,404 refugees and asylum-seekers registered in Libya at the UNHCR.

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Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal immigrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.

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So far this year, a total of 29,427 illegal immigrants have been rescued, while 490 died and 736 went missing off the Libyan coast on the Central Mediterranean route, according to the IOM.

Source: xinhua