Arab and international Since 2017-04-01 at 09:47 (Baghdad time)
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Some 10,000 migrants stranded in Libya will be flown home this year, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Libya said.
The head of the office, Othman al-Bilbisi, was quoted by Reuters as saying in an interview that the organization's program aims to find a way to get the stranded in Libya free of money, work or a way forward.
The program is voluntary, meaning that each immigrant is interviewed separately and can change his mind at any time.
According to the agency, the organization's program is one of the few ways in which EU countries can finance work in troubled Libya, which has become a major starting point for migrants to Europe as European countries struggle to curb standard flows of migration across the Mediterranean.
"This program provides a window or an option for these people to return home and start a new life," Bilbisi said. "It is a contribution to a solution mainly for the migrants, we do not believe in closing the border, restricting movement or preventing migration."
The Director of the UNODC said that since return may be seen as a failure, the organization supports reintegration efforts in their communities of origin, adding that half of those who were repatriated last year receive such assistance.
"The organization does not promote repatriation because we know that sometimes the situation at home may be worse ... We do not want to promote the transfer of the problem from one party or country to another," Bilbisi said. "That is why we do not organize or promote propaganda for the program. As a solution to immigration to Europe. "
According to the agency, the average cost of repatriation and assistance is $ 2,135, and funding for the program comes mainly from European countries.