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At least 880 migrants and refugees died trying to cross the Mediterranean last week, the U.N. refugee agency said.The new government faces a complex challenge asserting its authority, while efforts to counter people trafficking were thrown into disarray by the conflict that followed Libya's 2011 uprising, and the coastguard feels abandoned.There is little sign of a return of Syrian migrants, tens of thousands of whom were traveling through Libya until they switched to the Turkey-Greece crossing in 2015 .Germany has pledged 4.5 million euros ($5 million) to support communities in Sabha and Gatroun, two key southern areas on migrant routes, but Libyan officials complain that international efforts are too focused on blocking crossings at sea.The International Organization for Migration has identified 235,000 migrants in Libya, but says the real number is likely to be between 700,000 and 1 million.Migrants who are arrested often end up back in the smuggling networks after being released or even deported, officials and aid workers say.
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