File - Nigerien migrants ride on a Toyota pickup truck as they return from Libya, in Agadez March 14, 2014.. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)
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Europe is not the only place where sub-Saharan African migrants aim to start a new life.Instead, many migrants encounter a society often hostile toward them and a government ill-equipped to deal with an influx of eager, but also illegal, workers.After traveling over 1,600 treacherous kilometers across the Sahara Desert, Abocar, a young man from Mali, arrived in Libya hoping to make money for his family and eventually return home.Prior to the civil war, there was an estimated 1.5 million-2.5 million immigrants in Libya, according to a report by the Danish Refugee Council.The non-profit and non-governmental Danish Refugee Council attributes part of the escalating migration crisis to Europe to a lack of understanding of the desires of migrants to Libya.In a survey of over 1,000 migrants to Libya at the end of last year, the DRC said it was a "common misperception" that most wanted to reach Europe.Only last week, Italian naval and coast guard vessels recovered 14 bodies and rescued around 200 people after a migrant boat sank in the sea between Libya and southern Sicily.
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