Archive photo shows dozens of migrants on board a rubber boat floating in Mediterranean waters off the northeastern coast of Libya, 27 April 2021 | Photo: EPA/Flavio Gasperini / SOS MEDITERRANEE
Archive photo shows dozens of migrants on board a rubber boat floating in Mediterranean waters off the northeastern coast of Libya, 27 April 2021 | Photo: EPA/Flavio Gasperini / SOS MEDITERRANEE

The number of migrants who were intercepted at sea and brought back to Libya by Libyan authorities last year is equal to 24,684 persons, a 24% decrease compared to 2021 when they were 32,425.

The number of persons who drowned along the Central Mediterranean Route has decreased by 21% in 2022, however the number of those who went missing at sea has risen.

In 2022, the number of recorded deaths was 525 and 848 missing, compared to 662 persons drowned and 981 missing the previous year.

This is what emerges from an info-graphic published on Wednesday (January 3) on Twitter by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

This information also accounts for migrants intercepted by Libyans during the week between 25 and 31 December (1,088 persons).

Men are the majority

Among the migrants brought back to Libya last year, 90% (22,667) were men and 7% (1,241) women. Minors accounted for 3% (776), specifies the IOM info-graphic.

The most significant intervention of the last week of 2022 took place on December 30 when 650 migrants were brought back to Benghazi, to the east of Libya, according to IOM.

 

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