Press release Migreurop, 25 March 2011
A military intervention organized by an international coalition (including France, United-States and Unites-Kingdom) has started in Libya since last week-end. The foreign affairs committee of European Parliament called for reinstatement of EU-Libya migration agreement once new Libyan government in power.
Indeed, an agreement on illegal immigration control was signed in Tripoli, in October 2010. In addition, the EU, called on European countries to be prepared for major influx refugees in Europe. For its part, the Qaddafi’s government announced it will no longer collaborate with Europeans countries regarding illegal immigration, as a response to the occidental military operation.
Concerning sub-Saharans refugees, they are a few thousand, stocked at the Tunisians or Egyptians borders (see the Le Monde ‘s photo report, which shows the situation of these refugees at Sallum, the Egyptian customs post). They come from Darfur, Somalia, Eritrea, Iraq and other war-torn countries, so they cannot go home. Tunisia hosts them in the Choucha camp, but that will not be long-term solution.
In Egypt, it seems that only some nationals are allowed to cross the border. Egyptians authorities do not let those who have no identity papers. According to Cecilia Malmström, the commissar of interior, a meeting with the UNHCR, will take place this Friday, 25th to discuss these refugees situation and the possibility to host them in Europe.
With the start of occidental aerial attacks, Libyans refugees are arriving at borders, joining the migrants workers who flee the country. 280 000 people at all have fled the country since the 20th of February. Around 8 800 refugees are still waiting in the Choucha camp at the Tunisian border.