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19 February 2018


France to set up special asylum centers in Libya

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French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he was hoping to set up so-called "hot spots" to handle asylum requests in Libya, which has seen thousands flee fighting in the country.

Axar.az reports citing Daily Sabah.

"The idea is to create hotspots to avoid people taking crazy risks when they are not all eligible for asylum. We'll go to them," he said during a visit to a refugee shelter in central France, adding the plan would be put in place "this summer".

Earlier this week, Macron chaired talks between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

At those talks, the two Libyans committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring.

Macron wants France to play a bigger role in coaxing Libya's factions to end the turmoil that has allowed terrorists to gain a foothold and migrant smugglers to flourish in the absence of a strong central government.

Since January, more than 100,000 people have made the perilous voyage from Libya, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Over 2,300 have drowned this year attempting to make the journey, the IOM says.

The vast majority land in Italy -- the EU country closest to North Africa -- which has complained of a lack of solidarity from its neighbors in dealing with the influx.

From Italy, a fraction push on into France.

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2017.07.27 / 17:36
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