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180 STRANDED NIGERIANS ARRIVE FROM LIBYA ON MONDAY

No fewer than 180 Nigerians stranded in Libya would be repatriated on Monday with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The UN migration agency said the repatriation is under its continuing Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme, which aimed at assisting voluntary returnees stranded Libya to their homelands.

It said IOM’s Libya mission has chartered its first flight of 2018 under the VHR, assisting 142 returnees departing from Libya to Gambia.

“The UN Migration Agency’s next charter is set for Monday Jan. 8, when around 180 Nigerian nationals are scheduled to be assisted under VHR to Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and commercial hub.

“That flight will bring to close to 20,000 the number of migrants IOM has escorted home from Libya since the beginning of 2017.

“IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has identified 432,574 migrants in Libya, mainly in the Tripoli, Misrata and Almargeb regions, and estimates the number of migrants to be between 700,000 and one million.”