Record number of migrants returned to Libya
A record number of asylum-seekers and migrants who were traveling in boats on the Mediterranean Sea were rescued and returned to Libya on Saturday, UN refugee agency UNCHR said in a tweet.
Thousands of migrants leave Libya each year on unseaworthy wooden boats and rubber dinghies towards Europe. Many of the asylum seekers die on the journey.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says over 10,000 migrants so far have been rescued and returned to Libya in 2021.