Operation: Opération: Libya



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Key Figures

2017 planning figures
8,000 internally displaced families will receive core relief items
8,000 refugee families will receive core relief items or cash grants
6,000 new people of concern will be registered
50 border guards and government officials will be trained on refugee protection
20 advocacy interventions will be conducted to promote alternatives to detention and prevent arbitrary detention
2015 end-year results
2,800 refugees with compelling protection concerns received direct cash assistance
1,000 households received core relief items
17,676 people of concern were provided with primary health care or referred for care by a UNHCR partner
76,103 IDPs (17% of total IDP population) received direct humanitarian assistance in the form of basic and domestic items

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 471,653
2014 399,935
2013 91,098


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Year-end Overview

Working environment

Five years after the revolution, Libya remains politically divided and affected by heavy fighting across the country. The country is experiencing rising levels of insecurity and criminality, which creates an enabling environment for people smugglers to operate. Libya remains the main transit and departure point from North Africa towards Europe for migrants and refugees travelling as part of sixed movements.

Despite limited humanitarian access, UNHCR maintains a presence in Libya and has resumed targeted registration and cash-based interventions. UNHCR, through its partners, also carries out monitoring at detention facilities run by Libyan authorities and at disembarkation points used following rescue at sea and interception incidents.

In 2017, UNHCR will continue to assist the some 38,000 asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR - mainly from Eritrea, the State of Palestine, and the Syrian Arab Republic, out of an estimated 100,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the country. In addition, UNHCR will support the provision of protection and assistance to the most vulnerable of the more than 313,000 internally displaced people and 463,000 displaced Libyans who return to their area of origin. 

Key priorities

In 2017 UNHCR’s operation will focus on:
•    preventing refoulement; 
•    improving access to territory and asylum; 
•    providing humanitarian assistance and access to durable solutions, such as resettlement, to the most vulnerable people; 
•    advocating refugee protection and access to basic services; and
•    enhancing coordination with other humanitarian stakeholders.

A funding shortfall in 2017 for the UNHCR operation in Libya would limit UNHCR’s capacity to register asylum-seekers and to conduct monitoring visits to detention centres. It could also result in the suspension of the distribution of core relief items and cash grants, which are currently provided to the most vulnerable.