Home

Canada Is Taking In Hundreds Of Rescued Slaves From Libya

By Travel Noire

Share

Almost two years after the shocking discovery that people were being sold off at auctions in Libya, Canada has begun resettling hundreds of people rescued from slavery, according to a report from the National Post.

The decision from our neighbors to the North comes amid United Nations leaders asking for the international community’s help with taking in Libyan refugees living in slavery.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen stated, “Canada was one of the few countries to respond to a request from the United Nations refugee agency in 2017. More than 150 people have been resettled and another 600 more are expected over the next two years through the regular refugee settlement program.”

In addition to Libya, Canada has plans to take action on resettling at least 100 refugees from Niger who were rescued from Libyan migrant detention centers, including those who are victims of human smuggling, as reported in CBC.

“It can take some time for the countries to do their selection because it was a voluntary act. So they want to screen. They go through their usual selection processes,” Michael Casasola, the head of resettlement for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ottawa told the news outlet.

Libya is known to be a major stopping point for asylum-seekers from Africa who are looking to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.

When a video released by CNN appeared to show a young black man being sold for $400 during an auction, it prompted world leaders from France, Germany, Chad, and Niger to implement a plan to evacuate the thousands of migrants stuck in Libyan detention camps.

“As Canada takes more refugees, including Libyan refugees, it is important to remind other countries of their own commitments under the 1951 Refugee Convention and the need to respect the principle of responsibility sharing, which is one of the new norms of the refugee compact which Canada and other countries have just signed,” said Fen Hampson, the executive director of the Canadian-led World Refugee Council.

Share
Travel Noire

Travel Noire

A platform of cultivated insights from a global community of black travelers.

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

10 Travel Shows On Netflix To Help Your Wanderlust When Stuck At Home

10 Travel Shows On Netflix To Help Your Wanderlust When Stuck At Home

Social distancing and self-isolation have many of us feeling a little antsy these days. Since travel is no longer an option, you may feel your wanderlust mounting. Now is the time to get cozy and binge watch some of these Netflix travel shows that will transport you from your living room to around the world. […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin

A Black American Expat Living In Ghana Shares How Coronavirus Affects Life In West Africa

A Black American Expat Living In Ghana Shares How Coronavirus Affects Life In West Africa

Rashad McCrorey is the founder of Africa Cross Culture, a travel company that helps African Americans reconnect with their roots by visiting countries in Africa. He’s also a current expat living in Accra, Ghana. As countries around the world deal with the novel coronavirus by closing down airports and shutting off borders from visitors, those […]

Parker Diakite

These African Countries Have Banned Travel In Response To Coronavirus

These African Countries Have Banned Travel In Response To Coronavirus

As coronavirus spreads and the number of reported cases increases, countries around the world are adopting new measures including closing down airports, imposing travel restrictions, and shutting down its borders to visitors. Below is the latest list of countries in Africa that have taken such measures in recent days: Algeria The government said it would […]

Parker Diakite