Libyan Interior Ministry detains 195 Moroccans and calls for intervention by Moroccan authorities to repatriate them – Maroc Local et Nouvelles du Monde | Jewish news from Morocco, breaking news | מרוקו ג׳וייש טיימס, חדשות מרוקו והעולם | Morocco News

Libya announced that it had detained 195 young Moroccans dreaming of illegally immigrating from the Libyan coast to Italy, and said it was preparing to repatriate them.

Abdallah Houcine Ellafi, vice-president of the Libyan Presidential Council, said Wednesday during a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Mr. Nasser Bourita, that a group of 195 Moroccans were detained in Libya.

Mr. Ellafi explained that the Libyan Minister of the Interior assured him that they are in good health and that they are being held in centers and in good conditions. The subject of these Moroccan nationals was examined during Mr. Ellafi’s meeting today with Mr. Bourita so that discussions could be initiated between the competent authorities of the two countries, with a view to their repatriation to Morocco.

It should be noted that in recent years, and given the security restrictions that prevent migrants from heading to Europe via Moroccan territory, a number of young Moroccans choose Libya to enter Europe, for example the Italian gate.

Over the past three years, the Libyan authorities have arrested hundreds of young Moroccans in administrative detention centers for the fight against illegal immigration, and many of them have been repatriated, across Algeria, in coordination with the Moroccan authorities. With the growing number of Moroccans detained in centers for the fight against illegal immigration in Libya, the Libyan government of National Union opened the door to them, two years ago, of voluntary return to Morocco by their own means, in instead of waiting for the Moroccan government to arrange and pay for their return, but the Covid-19 pandemic has suspended repatriation operations.

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