UNHCR and IOM stress the need to support Lebanon

25 April, 2022
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UNHCR and IOM stress the need to support Lebanon

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration expressed their deep sorrow over the capsizing of a boat carrying 84 people off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon.


“Further suffering and similar incidents can be avoided through continued support to Lebanon as the living conditions of refugees and Lebanese alike deteriorate,” said Ayaki Ito, UNHCR Representative in Lebanon. They are following up with the relevant authorities to support the survivors of this tragic accident and the families of the victims, stressing that they will continue to work with refugees, migrants and host communities to warn people of the dangers of irregular flights.

For his part, the head of the International Organization for Migration in Lebanon, Matteo Luciano, said: "The economic crisis in Lebanon has caused one of the largest waves of migration in the country's history," noting that "an increasing number of people are leaving Lebanon by unsafe means."

"There is an urgent need for safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration, including supporting local livelihoods and improving access to services in at-risk communities," he added.

The two organizations called for the safe disembarkation of persons at risk at sea and respect for the principle of non-refoulement.

Source: UNHCR


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