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Key figures:

  • 184,612 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)1 368,583 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 -March 2018)

  • 52,031 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

  • 9,408 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

  • 486 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018 1,006 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018 (including for evacuations) 1,342 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017

10 Aug 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

  • 226,164 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 267,002 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 42,346 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

  • 95,088 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

FUNDING

USD 75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

03 Feb 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In 2016, between January and December, 362,376 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea, risking their lives to reach Europe. These new arrivals are in addition to more than one million refugees and migrants who made the journey across the Mediterranean Sea on unseaworthy boats in 2015.

In 2016, the number of those arriving decreased substantially after March. Of those reaching European shores so far this year, 53% came from the ten countries currently producing the most refugees globally.

19 Jan 2017 description

Libya continues to be the main departure and transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. Between 1 January and 31 December 2016, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted a total of 14,332 people in different locations along the Libyan coast, mainly Az Zawiyah, Tripoli and Tajurah. In 2016, Libyan local authorities recovered 1,225 bodies of people who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

11 Jan 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In 2016, between January and November, 351,619 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea, risking their lives to reach Europe. These new arrivals are in addition to more than one million refugees and migrants who made the journey across the Mediterranean Sea on unseaworthy boats in 2015.

In 2016, the number of those arriving decreased substantially after March. Of those reaching European shores so far this year, 58% came from the ten countries currently producing the most refugees globally.

MAIN TRENDS

27 Dec 2016 description

Libya continues to be the main departure and transit point for departure from North Africa towards Europe. As of 18 December 2016, the Libyan Coast Guard rescued/intercepted a total of 14,038 people in different locations along the Libyan coast, mainly Az Zawiyah, Tripoli and Tajurah. Since January 2016, Libyan local authorities have recovered 1,207 bodies of people who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean towards Europe.

09 Sep 2016 description

Introduction

Education is a basic human right, enshrined in both the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. And during times of displacement, education plays an additional, crucial role in fostering social cohesion, addressing psychosocial needs, and providing a safe and stable environment for those who need it most.

11 Mar 2016 description

Joint WTF, UNHCR Press Release

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has signed an agreement in Geneva with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) that will make it easier for thousands of refugees across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe to enjoy the Olympic sport and martial art of taekwondo and keep healthy.

The WTF, through a newly created Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, will provide coaches and equipment for pilot taekwondo programmes already launched in two camps for Syrian refugees – Kilis in Turkey, and Jordan's Za'atari.

01 Oct 2015 description

Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million

01 Jan 2015 description

This chapter provides a summary of the general environment in which UNHCR is operating in Africa and the organization’s planned responses in 2015. Mention is made of the two major emergency situations in the Central African Republic and South Sudan which have affected operations in many neighbouring countries and will continue to have a significant impact on UNHCR’s work in 2015 and beyond.

13 May 2014 description

GENEVA, May 13 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said it was deeply saddened at a rising death toll from boat accidents in the Mediterranean Sea this year as increasing numbers of asylum-seekers and refugees make the journey on unseaworthy boats, often at the hands of ruthless smugglers.

08 Oct 2012 description

In September, UNHCR Libya renewed the documents of 170 refugees and asylum seekers. With the closure of Al Wafa’s Office in Gargarish, renewal activities are now taking place in UNHCR’s office. In terms of voluntary repatriation, 12 family and 2 individuals requested assistance to return to Iraq. In September, UNHCR conducted a number of monitoring visits to assess protection needs of persons of concern in detention centres in Libya (see box on the right). Furthermore the office in Tripoli set up an information telephone hot-line for refugees and asylum seekers.

29 Nov 2006 description

The Global Appeal 2007

Introduction

UNHCR's Global Appeal is published yearly to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee (ExCom) members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR.

02 Dec 2005 description

Introduction

This Global Appeal is published to alert governmental and private sector donors, Executive Committee members and Standing Committee observers, Governments and their Permanent Missions in Geneva, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, intergovernmental agencies, NGOs, regional organizations and other institutions and interested individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and other persons of concern falling within UNHCR's mandate.

10 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.