Wrecked boats on Lampedusa, Italy. PHOTO: Alfredo D'Amato

In war-torn Libya, EU must shift its migration policies

The Danish Refugee Council and the Libya INGO Forum call on the European Union and its Member States to urgently revise their policies on migration as human suffering continues to rise in Libya.
 
 

24.05.2019

In a joint statement, Libya INGO Forum, including The Danish Refugee Council, call on the EU and its Member States to urgently review their approach to migration management as the human cost of the European policies on migration worsen.

The humanitarian community witness every day the suffering of migrants and refugees in Libya where they are increasingly exposed to imminent risks as violence continues to destabilize the country. Nonetheless, despite of Libya’s fragile and unstable situation, the country remains at the centre of EU’s efforts to prevent people from reaching its shores.

There is an urgent need for a shift from policies that encourage and feed a system of criminalization and detention of refugees and migrants to policies that protect the lives and the dignity of human beings.

Members of the Libya INGO Forum including DRC calls on the European citizens and civil societyto continue to raise their voice and urge EU leaders to adopt migration policies that are in line with humanitarian and human rights standard. 

The EU and its Member States must urgently review their approach to migration management and prioritise policies that protect the lives and dignity of refugees and migrants.

The EU and its Member States must stop indirectly supporting the return of refugees and migrants to Libya, a country torn-apart where migrants and refugees are exposed to horrific conditions.

States must commit to increase resettlement places and enable emergency humanitarian evacuation of those held in detention centres to a safe place outside of Libya where protection and medical needs are ensured.

Find the full statement here