Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Libya’s Migrant Report: Round 16 - December 2017

from International Organization for Migration
Published on 31 Dec 2017 View Original


DTM’s Flow Monitoring Migrant Report presents four sets of data delivering a comprehensive overview on the number, nationalities and locations where migrants are present in Libya, the recently observed flows and routes used by Libya’s migrant community and the latest reports of incidents at sea. This report is complemented by DTM’s newly released Migrant Profiles report that deliver one-page factsheets on the push and pull factors, intentions and cost of journey of selected nationalities. As described in the methodology, this report is based on DTM Libya’s revised 2018 methodology aimed at increasing the programmes ability to identify a greater number of migrants currently in Libya, increase data credibility criteria and deliver more accessible and user-friendly reports.


In December 2017, IOM identified 621,706 migrants in Libya. Based on DTM’s Round 16 assessments across all of Libya’s 22 mantikas (regions) 621,076 migrants originating from up to 40 countries were identified in 99 baladiyas and 544 muhallas.

As displayed in the below maps, out of the total number of migrants identified, 575,569 individuals (93%) originate from 31 different African countries, 45,902 individuals (7%) from Asian and Middle Eastern countries and a final group of up to 235 individuals did not disclose a country of origin.

The top 4 nationalities identified were Egyptian, Nigerien, Chadian and Sudanese, together these nationalities account for up to 57% of Libya’s migrant population. In addition to those identified in urban and rural settings DTM estimates the current number of migrants in Libya’s Detention Centers at 5,189 individuals (1/08/17).

Out of the 575,569 individuals from Africa, 392,343 (68%) originate from Sub-Saharan countries and 183,226 individuals (32%) from North African countries. The majority of Sub-Saharan migrants (72%) were identified in Libya’s Western mantikas, 16% in the Southern mantika and the remaining 12% in Eastern mantika. Nigerien and Chadian nationals represented almost half (49%) of the Sub-Saharan nationals identified. Egyptians made up the largest number of migrants originating from North Africa followed by Sudanese, Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian.

Out of the 45,902 individuals originating from Asia and the Middle East the highest number were recorded as Bangladeshi (31,326) and Syrian (9,560).

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