Operation: Opération: Libya



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
90% of refugees and asylum-seekers will be provided with individual documentation
65% of IDP households assisted with basic needs and domestic items
70,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered
2,000 cases will be submitted for resettlement
2017 year-end results
100% of all official detention centres were visited and monitored throughout the year
49,240 non-food items were distributed to refugees and migrants in detention centres and at disembarkation points
28,320 medical consultations were provided to refugees and migrants in detention centres and disembarkation points
1,430 refugees and asylum-seekers were released from detention following UNHCR’s advocacy efforts
389 detained refugees and asylum-seekers were evacuated through the ETM to Italy and Niger for forward solutions to a third safe place 
320  people were referred for resettlement

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 375,840
2016 662,897
2015 471,653


[["Refugees",9352],["Asylum-seekers",35668],["IDPs",180937],["Returned IDPs",149883]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

Civilians in Libya continue to suffer as a result of conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy. The direct humanitarian impact has been that hundreds of thousands of people across the country are now suffering, living in unsafe conditions, with little or no access to life-saving health care, essential medicines, food, safe drinking water, shelter and education. A total of 1.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Close to 43,000 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR, being part of the estimated 100,000 people in need of international protection. In addition, there are some 226,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and 267,000 IDP returnees.
UNHCR has scaled up its response to meet the increasing humanitarian needs of refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, returnees and host communities in a comprehensive manner.
As a vital part of its response, UNHCR will continue to coordinate with Libyan authorities, UN sister agencies, non-governmental organizations and Libyan civil society organizations and will continue to lead the Protection Sector, the Shelter/NFI Sector and Cash & Market Working Group and co-lead, together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Mixed Migration Working Group (MMWG).

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Identifying and documenting people in need of international protection, providing life-saving assistance and seek solutions for the most vulnerable, whether at disembarkation points, detention facilities or in urban areas, in line with UNHCR’s comprehensive regional strategy to mitigate protection risks along main migratory routes;
  • Providing assistance to IDPs, returnees and host communities, through community-level quick impact projects and the delivery of cash and in-kind assistance;
  • Engaging with Libyan authorities to promote the progressive development of a national protection framework; advocate for alternatives to detention; and support measures to prevent sexual and gender-based violence;
  • Strengthening communication with communities through expanded partnerships and mass information campaigns to highlight the risks along the Central Mediterranean route.