The Libyan Refugee Trap

Detained migrants from Eritrea gather at the barred entrance to their cell in a detention center near Gharyan, Libya, April 15, 2014. Many of the men say that the Italian Coast Guard intercepted them as they tried to illegally cross the Mediterranean from Libya towards Italy. They say, the Coats Guard put them on a cargo vessel and told them that they would be taken to Italy, but the vessel took them back to Tripoli, Libya. After the revolution, Libya has become the major launching point for irregular migrants to cross the Mediterranean. In the first three month of 2014, the Italian Coast Guard intercepted 15,000 people on the Mediterranean, compared to 750 in the same time last year.

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