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34-year-old taxi driver Omar Musa, was amongst 40,000 Libyans who, together with his family, had to flee from the city of Tawergha after the 2011 revolution in Libya. People were living in dire conditions in camps spread across the country. Seven years later, Omar was finally able to return home. “When I arrived I was not aware of the danger that I faced. However, I found billboards and posters on the walls near the entrance of the city with emergency phone numbers to report any explosive remnants of war. I did not really understand what that meant at the time." Indeed, in such situations, the EU supports projects to raise awareness about unexploded ordnances and mines, and to help clear people’s properties so that they can return safely home.
“We are assisting thousands of stranded people, helping many to go safely back home to start an activity, saving lives, fighting traffickers. The flows have decreased, but still too many put their lives at risk and every single life not saved is one too many", Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative, said following the presentation of the Progress Report of the European Agenda on Migration on 6 March.
Many files on the table at the very first summit between the European Union and the League of Arab States. From the conflicts in Syria – where both the EU and LAS can help "win the peace" when the war will be over, but without taking shortcuts – to the peace between Israel, Palestine and the Arab world. In between, the full implementation of the Stockholm agreement on Yemen, and national reconciliation in Libya, with points also on economic relations, security and migration
The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is supporting more than 60,000 returning migrants with post-arrival reception and reintegration support in their countries of origin. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met IOM Director-General António Vitorino at the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Transit Center in Addis Ababa this weekend.