The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the safety of refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya as violence escalates in the troubled North African nation. Almost 37,000 people are registered with UNHCR in Tripoli and Benghazi, with many living in areas heavily damaged by fighting and unable to leave to safer areas.
An Eritrean man was reunited with his three year old son in Malta following a heartfelt appeal to the Maltese authorities last week.
Malta has experienced a drop in irregular boat arrivals coming from Libya when compared with previous years, according to statistics compiled by the UN Refugee Agency Office in Malta.
More than 260 people have died or been reported missing as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe over the past ten days.
The UN refugee agency on Friday called for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe.
The UN refugee agency today issued a new global strategy aimed at helping countries move away from the detention of asylum seekers, refugees and stateless people worldwide.