IVORY COAST: 169 Ivorian Migrants Repatriated From Libya

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Another 169 clandestine Ivorian migrants arrived in the night of Monday at 22:40 in Abidjan by special flight from Tripoli. 

They were welcomed by the Minister of African Integration and Ivorians from outside, Ally Coulibaly, who reaffirmed the support of the Government to these people in distress.

“I am here on behalf of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the entire Government to welcome our compatriots repatriated from Libya. There are 169 today, “he said.

Minister Ally Coulibaly, who took the time to greet and exchange individually with each of the 169 migrants, revealed that these people went through very difficult times before their repatriation.

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“It’s a moment of intense emotion. I traded with these young people. They all have one thing in common. That is to say, they all go out of prison. You have seen their condition. Most are very tired. Côte d’Ivoire is mobilized, “said Minister Ally Coulibaly.

After condemning all the acts that are perpetrated against migrants in Libya, he promised that Côte d’Ivoire will do its best to help his fellow citizens.

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“In total, in two weeks, we would have repatriated 464 migrants. And we think that by the end of December, they will be 1,300 to be repatriated to Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire is mobilized. President Ouattara’s policy is to steal assistance from all Ivorians in distress, “the minister said.

Migrants arriving in Abidjan are entitled to accommodation for three to four days after reprofiling, food kits and symbolic financial support.

These individuals will be able to enroll in the reintegration and reintegration project of the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund, set up by the International Organization for Migrants (IOM), to finance collective or individual projects.

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According to the statistics, there are 5,000 suspected Ivorians in the various camps scattered in Libya over a territory of 1 km2.

Côte d’Ivoire ranks seventh among the countries with more migrants in Libya, which has between 800,000 and one million African migrants in its territory, we note.

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