UNHCR, IOM and Save the Children express concern over Italy’s decision to declare Lampedusa an ‘unsafe port’
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Save the Children – working together as partners since 2006 in the framework of Praesidium Project at the Reception and Rescue Centre of Lampedusa – are expressing their concern over the Italian authorities’ decision to declare Lampedusa an unsafe port.
In light of the massive loss of life in the Mediterranean this week in a refugee boat capsizing, UNHCR is calling on the European Union (EU) to urgently put into place more reliable and effective mechanisms for rescue-at-sea.
Fighting continues in some areas of Libya despite the imposition of a United Nations- sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya. So far more than 320 000 have fled the country.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is calling for the international community not to forget about individuals who are left behind in Libya without support from any government.
The UN refugee agency said in Geneva on Tuesday it has become “increasingly concerned” about the dangers for civilians inadvertently caught up in the mounting violence in Libya, especially asylum-seekers and refugees.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) welcomes the positive indications it has received yesterday and today from Tunisia and Egypt that they will maintain open borders for people fleeing violence in Libya.