Officials Complete European Study Tour

Posted: 
06/12/06

Libyan officials providing humanitarian
assistance to stranded undocumented migrants have completed a
six-day study tour to Italy, Austria and Slovakia, to get
acquainted with relevant policies, practices and
institutions.

Five officials from the General People's
Committee for Public Security and a medical doctor met government
counterparts from the Ministries of Interior and visited temporary
reception centres to look at best practices in the fields of
medical, psychological support and counselling for undocumented
migrants.

The study tour, organized in the framework of
the Transit and Irregular Migration Management in Libya (TRIM)
project and which is co-funded by the European Commission and
Italy, falls within capacity building activities requested by
Libyan authorities to improve the management of substantial
migrations flows to and through the country.

Information sessions on European and Italian
regulations on irregular migration management – including
references to international migration law, trafficking and
smuggling, voluntary return and reintegration were also held.

The TRIM project also aims to provide
reintegration assistance to stranded migrants in Libya and
strengthen the dialogue between countries of origin, transit and
destination.

Libya is an active member of the
“5+5” Dialogue on Migration. Participating states are:
Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco,
Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. The objective of this dialogue is to
strengthen and enrich the political, economic and cultural dialogue
and cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

For more information please contact:

Laurence Hart

IOM Tripoli

Tel: +218 91 383 25 96

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