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Egypt seeks foothold in Libya’s reconstruction

Egypt and Libya agreed to have Egyptian workers return to the Libyan labor market at a time when Cairo seeks to contribute to the reconstruction of war-torn Libya.
Egyptians, who were formerly residing in Libya, flash the sign for victory as they line up for checks by Tunisian customs at Djerba airport on the Tunisian-Libyan border, before being evacuated on a flight heading to Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 23, 2015.

Following the yearslong instability that has taken a heavy toll on the influx of Egyptian workers in Libya, their numbers are expected to exceed 2 million by 2024, sources in the overseas recruitment field in Egypt told Al-Monitor.

Hamdi Imam, chairman of the Division of Recruitment Companies at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of Globo Human Resource, a recruitment agency for overseas jobs, told Al-Monitor that Egyptian workers will take part in the reconstruction of Libya where the civil war has wreaked havoc for an entire decade.

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