Saving lives is the highest and most urgent priority. The EU-IOM Joint Initiative is supporting relevant authorities to conduct search and rescue operations in the desert and at sea in full respect of migrants’ rights.
- Within Libya, IOM continues to advocate for the closure of all detention centres and provides humanitarian assistance (including health and psychosocial assistance), referrals, counselling as well as the rehabilitation of the facilities. IOM also supports migrants outside of detention centres with urgent humanitarian assistance.
- Activities with the Libyan coast guard under the Joint Initiative include supporting life-saving interventions for migrants who are rescued or intercepted as well as human rights training and support for the identification of migrants in vulnerable situations.
- In Niger, migrants who leave Agadez trying to reach Libya or Algeria through the desert can sometimes find themselves, for various reasons, abandoned or stranded in this desert. IOM, in collaboration with the Directorate General of Civil Protection, is undertaking search and rescue operations to find and bring migrants to safety at three of IOM’s Migrant Resource and Response Mechanisms (MRRMs) centres in the Agadez region and provided with psycho-medical assistance and counselling.