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IOM Pleads for US$11m to Evacuate Libya Workers

On February 27, 2011

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has appealed to the international community to give US$11  million to evacuate tens of thousands of migrant workers trapped in Libya.

According to OIM Director General William Lacy Swing:

"The situation of the migrants stuck inside Libya is extremely difficult, and we are deeply concerned about their plight .... We, therefore, urge donors to respond to the appeal quickly. This would allow IOM to assist and protect the migrant workers who have crossed borders amid great risk."

Bangladesh, the Philippines, Nepal, India and Pakistan are among countries that have already approached the IOM for assistance evacuating their nationals from the Libyan crisis. Many labourers from the developing world work in the construction and oil industries in the North African country.

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