2 Thousand Egyptian workers denied return to Libya

Ahram Online , Monday 12 Aug 2013

Libyan authorities reject thousands of Egyptian migrants trying to return to work after Eid vacation at home

Libyan authorities barred thousands of Egyptian workers, returning from a vacation home, to re-enter the country on Monday.

Two thousand Egyptian expatriates – mostly from Upper Egypt – working in the north African state were not permitted to re-enter Libya at the border crossing with Egypt at Sallum citing "lack of official residency permits," Al-Ahram Arabic news website reports.

Egyptian authorities, meanwhile, pledged to take necessary measures to "legalise their status."

Officials estimate that 1.6 million Egyptians work in the unrest-stricken country, which has a population of 6.5 million people.

The number of Egyptian expats in the country, however, fell sharply following the NATO-backed Libyan uprising in 2011/12, which saw the ouster and murder of long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Recurrent deportation of Egyptian migrants from Libya in recent days is normally on grounds of illegal entry or failure to meet residency requirements.

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