The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday revealed that there were 42,210 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya presently.
According to the UNHCR, a total of 20,799 refugees and immigrants have been rescued at sea and returned to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard in 2021.
“The number of people returned to Libya in July 2021 has more than tripled compared to the same period last year, which may be attributed to the periodic easing of movement restrictions for COVID-19, as well as calmer sea conditions,” UNHCR explained.
Libya has been faced with insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. This led to the country being a preferred point of departure for illegal migrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
Years of armed conflict had forced many Libyans to flee their homes to other cities and towns of the country.
The UNHCR added that there are currently 223,949 internally displaced Libyans.