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Detained Youth: The fate of young migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees in Libya today

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English, Arabic




DRC, Danish Refugee Council,IOM, International Organization for Migration,OHCHR, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,RMMS, Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat,UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

This study provides information on the current and ongoing detention of young migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees in Libya. Through in-depth interviews with former detainees, serious violations are revealed to have occurred in Libya’s immigration detention centres. Violence, brutality, and arbitrary detention are cause for serious concern.

The study was carried out from November 2014 to February 2015 and focuses on: the drivers of migration, the journey to Libya, the circumstances and conditions of detention, and life after detention. The authors call for a humane and orderly framework for managing migration flows in Libya and provide recommendations for the Libyan government and military.

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