Senegalese repatriated after failed move to Europe

sen migrantsFrom MACOUMBA BEYE in Dakar, Senegal,DAKAR, (CAJ News) – MORE than 300 Senegalese migrants detained in hostile centres in Libya have been repatriated after failed attempts to reach Europe.The International Organisation of Migrants(IOM) has organised their return,saving them from in adequate access to clean water, food, toilets and basic health services at detention centres. Some 165 migrants were repatriated this past weekend, in addition to 171 that returned to Dakar at the beginning of June.Senegalese officials and IOM representatives said further repatriation flights would be organized within the framework of voluntary humanitarian return and reintegration support programme to stranded migrants in Libya.In their unsuccessful attempts to reach Europe, most of them had been subjected to arbitrary detention, violence and other forms of abuse such as forced labour and extortion of funds from the smugglers and traffickers.
“Stripped of their possessions, abused and disappointed, most migrants are traumatized by what they experienced and need support to get back on their feet and restart their lives,” said an IOM spokesperson.However, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and in coordination with the local authorities and IOM, the Senegalese Red Cross is supporting the returnees at the arrival phase, through the provision of psychosocial support and reintegration programs to help them for a dignified return.
Senegal has traditionally been a major destination countries in West Africa and has now become a country of emigration, migration and transit.In recent years, Senegal has become the second country provider of West African migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, following Gambia.
– CAJ News

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