UN To Evacuate 10,000 Migrants From Libya In 2018
Thousands of migrants have died while trying to reach Europe. © AFP/File ARIS MESSINIS

The UN says it would move over 10, 000 illegal migrants stranded in deteriorating conditions from North African country Libya in 2018.

Chief mission of the U.N. refugee agency, Roberto Mignone, said although the body is repatriating migrants to African countries, it is also in negotiations with several European nations to take in some of the refugees.

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“This week we are going to send out of Libya 350 refugees, until the end of January we will send out at least 1000,” he told Reuters.

“In 2018 we are planning to send out of Libya between 5,000 and 10,000 refugees. We give priority to women, children, elderly, disabled, persons who suffered very seriously.”

He noted that 44,306 had been registered as refugees and asylum seekers in Libya.