Illustration photo of an Eritrean mother and daughter at a refugee training garden in Switzerland
Luxembourg is to welcome 48 refugees who were living in Niger, with the first group already in Luxembourg.
According to the foreign affairs ministry, 35 people arrived on 4 December and a second group will be welcomed in early 2020.
The two groups include 19 Somalis, 18 Eritreans, 8 Sudanese and 3 Ethiopians, who will be issued international protection upon arrival in Luxembourg. They will be housed in a hostel in Luxembourg-Mühlenbach until they are able to access permanent accommodation.
The 48 were selected during a delegation visit to Niamey in October 2019, based on a pre-selection made by the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Luxembourg’s actions are a response to the emergency on the Central Mediterranean route and the precarious situation of refugees in Libya.