Indian government partially lifts ban on emigration to Libya

Vayalar Ravi
New Delhi, Jun 15: The Government of India on Friday partially lifted the ban on emigration to Libya, more than a year after the country was hit by violence and internal strife. Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi announced this decision to ease ban taken by the Indian government. The ban on going to Libya for employment was imposed on Feb 21, 2011 after violence had rocked the country.

The situation has improved after an interim government took over in the African country. It has been noticed that there is growing demand for manpower in Libya in various sectors, officials in the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry said. They said there have been repeated requests for sending required manpower from India to Libya. The manpower from other competitive markets like Bangladesh, Egypt and the Philippines are also arriving in Libya.

The decision to lift the ban partially was taken in consultation with Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Mission in Libya, the officials said. Ravi said doctors and para-medical staff will be permitted to emigrate to Libya as the Libyan Health Ministry has approached the Indian mission in Tripoli in this regard. Complete lifting of the ban will be reviewed after considering the situation immediately after the conclusion of elections in Libya in July, the minister said.


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