Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Some Syrian nationals fleeing violence in Libya arrive in Tunisia

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, issued a Press Briefing Note today reporting in it that thousands of migrants have started to arrive in Tunisia from Libya. Amongst those are some Syrian nationals.

"An IOM staffer says local Red Crescent officials reported to him and a UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] official on Tuesday that in addition to several thousand returning Tunisians, there were some Lebanese, Turkish, Syrian and three German nationals who had arrived asking for onward travel assistance.

The local authorities provided transport for the migrants to Djerba international airport from where they were reportedly able to depart to their home countries.

With further arrivals in the evening across the Ben Guerdane border post, IOM staff identified low-cost hotel accommodation for the migrants of various nationalities, including four Guineans asking for help to get home, until onward travel assistance could be organized.

Additional IOM staff will be deployed to the border area today to help migrants arriving from Libya."

Read the full note here.

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