Appeals & Response Plans
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- Joint Statement: Libya launches a national vaccination campaign against Measles, Rubella and Polio [EN/AR]
- First group of refugees evacuated from new departure facility in Libya
- IOM responds to latest humanitarian tragedy off the coast of Libya
- UNHCR appeals for more resettlement, end to detention as Libya evacuations near 2,500
- UNHCR Libya Response in 2018 (as of 07 December 2018) [EN/AR]
In Tunisia, UNHCR aims to support the establishment of a national asylum system, and to build national capacity for refugee protection.
UNHCR identifies, assists and protects refugees in a context marked by mixed migration movements. UNHCR also maintains preparedness efforts in view of a potential major influx.
UNHCR commends Tunisia’s continued policy of saving lives through rescue at sea, and its humanitarian response, permitting disembarkation in Tunisia.
Working with Partners
Persons of Concern to UNHCR in Libya
As of 26 November 2018, a total of 57,354 asylum seekers and refugees are registered with UNHCR in Libya. A total of 3,572 individuals have been identified by UNHCR and its partners to be currently in one of the accessible Libyan detention centres.
Evacuation from Libya
The West and Central Africa Mobility Mapping report is a compilation of maps showing various mobility trends and mobility factors for movements to and from the West and central Africa region (forced displacement, transhumance, labour movements, etc.) This work is based on multiple data collection activities implemented by IOM and other actors (UNDESA, Ministries of Interior of various countries) and showcase the complexity of mobility in the region.
175,000 people in need targeted for food assistance in 2018
84,674 people assisted so far this year
US$7.5 m six months (December 2018 – May 2019) net funding requirements
95,121 people assisted in OCTOBER 2018 (estimate)
Tripoli, 24 November 2018 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemns the deadly terrorist attack on Tezirbu, an oasis in the southeast of Libya, 250 kilometers northwest of Kufra. The Friday attack on the Tezirbu police station, which local authorities say was carried out by ISIL, resulted in at least eight civilians killed, nine injured, three abducted and nine still missing and believed to be kidnapped.
On 20 November, Libyan security forces conducted an operation to forcibly disembark 81 refugees and migrants remaining on the Panamanian-flagged cargo ship Nivin, docked in the commercial port of Misrata, while an MSF team was prevented from accessing the area.
Among the group forcibly disembarked, there were over 20 minors, people who reported having been victims of trafficking and torture, and others declaring to be registered with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.
Since then, we have not had access to any members of the group previously on board the Nivin.
Latest evacuation of vulnerable refugees from Libyan detention centres to Niger for onward solutions brings total helped in past year to almost 2,500.
By Tarik Argaz and Paula Barrachina
TRIPOLI, Libya – On Thursday, a smiling Abdul Karim was unable to hide his excitement as he clutched his boarding pass, ready to join 131 other refugees on a flight out of Tripoli to Niger’s capital Niamey.
One year since UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, began life-saving evacuations from Libya for the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, almost 2,500 people previously in detention in Libya have now been flown out to Niger, Italy and Romania.
In the latest evacuation, 132 refugees and asylum seekers, including women and children, were flown from Tripoli to Niger yesterday where they are being hosted at a UNHCR Emergency Transit Mechanism while longer-term solutions in third countries are being sought for them.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 104,506 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 18 November. Spain topped 50,962 – more irregular arrivals to Spain through 45 weeks of 2018 than all arrivals during the past three years combined.
This makes it the fifth straight year arrivals of irregular migrants and refugees have topped the 100,000 mark, although this year’s totals are low compared to those at this time in 2017 (157,323) and 2016 (345,831).
The Italian authorities have ordered the seizure of one of the last civilian search and rescue vessels, the Aquarius, chartered by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee.
Detention Centre Profiling is a component of IOM Libya’s Displacement Matrix programme. It is a data oriented tool that routinely provides specific sex and age demographic data and key sectorial information on individuals held in Libya’s detention Centres.
In this round, 12 detention centres have been assessed, namely Abusliem, Al kufra, Alsabaa, Benghazi Al Wafiah, Ejdabia, Janzour, Misrata Kararim, Qasr Bin Ghasheer, Sabratha Melita, Tobruk, Trig al Seka, and Zliten.
22 November 2018 -- Despite international laws and UN Security Council resolutions condemning violence against health workers and medical facilities, attacks in the Eastern Mediterranean Region continue with disturbing regularity.
More than 534 attacks on health care have been reported across 6 countries and territories in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 323 days (1 Jan-19 Nov), averaging more than one attack every day.
Following the success of protection programming in 2017, ACTED is expanding services in Libya to include health and hygiene. In 2017, ACTED began implementing an integrated emergency response for protection in Benghazi. ACTED’s response focused on community-based protection monitoring, establishing a dedicated helpline and an extensive referral system to service providers. The protection programme targeted the most vulnerable populations in Benghazi, which included IDP’s, returnees and host communities.
Persons of Concern to UNHCR in Libya
As of 19 November 2018, a total of 57,213 asylum seekers and refugees are registered with UNHCR in Libya. A total of 3,527 individuals have been identified by UNHCR and its partners to be currently in one of the accessible Libyan detention centres.
Evacuation from Libya