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Migrants fleeing Libya left in limbo across the border in Tunisia

Reuters reports that more than 215,000 migrants have left Libya since fighting began but that the flow slowed late last week, according to UNHCR and IOM officials.

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Men, who used to work in Libya but recently fled the unrest, wait for information regarding their repatriation in a refugee camp at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Jdir, Tunisia on March 9.

The number of migrants fleeing Libya has dropped over the past days and it was not clear if they were being held back deliberately or were afraid to make the journey, aid officials said on Tuesday.

Fewer than one-fifth of the foreign workers believed ready to flee Libya have made it to the Tunisian border or into Egypt, they said.

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Bangladeshi refugees who fled unrest in Libya queue for food at the UNHCR tent refugee camp in Tunisia, several kilometers from the border crossing at Ras Jdir on March 9.

"Things are going on in Libya in a very worrying way and we need to be prepared if by any chance outflows take place. It is impossible to know exactly what is happening on the other side," said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres at the Ras Jdir crossing into Tunisia.

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A man from Bangladesh, who used to work in Libya but recently fled the unrest, waves as he rushes to pick up his passport after being called for repatriation back to his country in a refugee camp at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Jdir, Tunisia on March 9.