Update May 17, 2015

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Libya bans Bangladeshis entry

Sumel Sarker

Bangladeshi worker

Libya bans Bangladeshis entry

17 May 2015, Nirapad News: Libyan government has banned Bangladeshi workers from entering the country as they traveled to the country illegally by boat to southern Europe.

Hatem Oraibi, a spokesman for Libya’s internationally recognized government, said “Bangladeshi workers will be banned from entry into Libya,” who have “contributed to the high number of illegal immigrants traveling from our shores to southern Europe”.

The government has been based on Beida since it lost control of Libyan the capital Tripoli in 2014.

“They come for work for Libyan firms but then embark on illegal migration (to Europe). The ban is part of government efforts to fight illegal emigration,” Hatem told international media.

Oraibi also said that action would be taken in regard to Bangladeshis already in Libya but did not state what it would be.

There are no reliable figures on the number of Bangladeshi boat people crossing to Europe from Libya. They are thought to account for a small but significant percentage of those being smuggled across the Mediterranean.

Most are thought to have also entered Libya illegally in the first place, usually from Egypt. However, the number of Bangladeshis either legally or illegally in Libya is also unknown.

In 2013, the then-Libyan government had also announced that it was planning to stop Bangladeshis’ entry, claiming that too many were entering the country.

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