EU considers resettling Libyan refugees with "no home to go back to"
European Union officials will meet this week to discuss whether they should welcome some 4,000 refugees who remain stranded in conflict-torn Libya with no place to go, a spokesman for EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Tuesday, dpa reported.
Marcin Grabiec said most of the people in question are from sub-Saharan African countries such as Somalia, which has been the scene of a violent insurgency.
Representatives from EU interior ministries will discuss on Friday whether to resettle them.
"A few countries have shown willingness to resettle, including Italy," Grabiec noted.
Italy has already had thousands of refugees land on its shores amid the ongoing unrest across North Africa.
EU countries have also helped repatriate thousands of foreigners from the Tunisian-Libyan border area. But these 4,000 refugees have "no home to go back to," Grabiec said.