Since 2011, the political, social and economic crisis continues in Libya and there is no elementary sanitation. Instability is growing. Out of six million Libyan citizens, three million are refugees, as well as internal migrants, people who were forced to leave their homes and move to more tranquil areas of the country. The number of such citizens is constantly growing.
Citizens of other North African countries pretending to be Libyan refugees are trying to escape from their countries to Europe in search of a better life. It complicates the position of the Libyans, and also exerts additional burden on the social and economic spheres of the EU countries.
All these circumstances are the reason for the exodus to Europe of hundreds of thousands of migrants, as well as slave trade and the plundering of the wealth of the Libyan people. People deprived of their homeland are forced to rush to other countries, where they often take the path of crime in the absence of a legal earnings source (https://www.voanews.com/a/un-migrants-slaves-libya-crime-against-humanity/4154112.html). The complicated assimilation of the Muslim Libyan people, coupled with the traditional European population hostility, is a time bomb and is dangerous for both migrants and Europeans.
Uncontrolled migration has been a matter of concern for Europe for quite some time. Europeans clearly understand that it will be almost impossible to return migrants “home” after they have lived in well-fed countries, where observance of human rights is a priority. Many states such as Switzerland, Norway and Finland are particularly unhappy with the European Commission decision on the forced placement of migrants in European countries (https://euobserver.com/migration/131686, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11190269/If-EU-migration-is-the-problem-Switzerland-and-Norway-are-not-the-answer.html). Switzerland, for instance, simply “pays off” by paying for the refugee camps creation on the territory of other European countries.
Currently, the Western countries reluctance to promote the establishment of a peace process in Libya gives the country no chance to restore statehood. The current situation is beneficial to European and American oil companies that managed to gain control over Libyan oil that now flows directly to the West (http://fortune.com/2015/03/05/libya-oil-companies-isis-fighting/). Oil trade does not bring the Libyan people anything.
Now the Libyans remember the good old days as a sweet dream. And yet in 2011, the Libyan society fueled by the Western media demanded changes and the displacement of the totalitarian regime that reigned the country. Now Livia is left alone facing its problems.
In turn, the policy of the Government of National Accord which is the official governing body of Libya is not supported by Libyans. Its leader Fayez al-Sarraj has never been able to initiate the peace process in the country and that makes people doubt the possibility of the country’s return to peaceful life and prosperity.
(Written by Jonivan Jones & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)
Jonivan Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of the Informer.