Libya — Migration from Bangladesh to Italy via Libya (March 2023)
In 2022, 15,228 migrants from Bangladesh arrived in Italy via the Central Mediterranean Route (CMR) with a majority transiting through Libya. Migrants from Bangladesh constituted slightly more than 14 per cent of all arrivals in Italy — the third most-represented nationality.
As of December 2022 (DTM Round 45), there were 21,653 migrants from Bangladesh in Libya accounting for 3 per cent of the total migrant population in the country — the seventh most-represented nationality. In 2022, a total of 4,448 migrants from Bangladesh were intercepted and returned to Libya while crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The number of migrants from Bangladesh present in detention centres in Libya also remained high with over 2,000 migrants detained throughout the year.
This brief outlines the route travelled by migrants from Bangladesh to reach Libya as well as their migratory movements through the Central Mediterranean Route.