Libya Situation: ILO Concerns

Press release | 24 February 2011

Geneva, 24 february 2011 (ACTRAV INFO)-The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, has expressed its concern over the situation of domestic and migrant workers in Libya.

“Of grave concern to the ILO is the plight of domestic and migrant workers and their families caught in the midst of this deepening humanitarian, social and political crisis,” he declared.

In recent days, thousands of foreign workers have been leaving Libya by road, air and sea, following the violence there.

According to the High Commissioner for Refugees, almost 100,000 people, mostly Egyptian and Tunisian workers, have fled from Libya to neighboring countries.

For more information about the ILO’s position on Libya, see the ILO Director-General’s statement on the situation in Libya.