story by Musah Abelyire/ghanaguardian.com
Ghana's embassy in Libya has visited an immigration detention centre in Libya's capital Tripoli, ghanaguardian.com can confirm.
The Ghanaian embassy was part of a team of seven other West African embassies in Libya brought together by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to visit the immigration detention centre.
The purpose of the visit was to allow the diplomats see detainees being held as "irregular migrants" by the detention centre from their countries. The Libyan authorities in collaboration with the IOM sort to enable the diplomats see their people and map out plans to send them back to their countries.
The centre is believed to be holding about 350 refugess from West African countries like Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Ghana, Nigeria, the Gambia and Chad who may have fled to Libya in pursuit of "greener pastures".
“The visit was a subsidiary of IOM’s European Union-funded project: ‘Repatriation Assistance for Vulnerable Migrants Stranded inside Libya and Promoting Stability in Libya’s Southern Regions’,” the IOM report said.
The European Union announced last week of its plans to to extend its Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) in other to stop further migration of refugees from Africa to European countries.