UNHCR Flash Update Libya (20 - 27 July 2018) [EN/AR]

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 27 Jul 2018

Key Figures
- 179,400 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)
- 372,022 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - April 2018)
- 54,112 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in the State of Libya
- 18,039 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018
- 783 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018
- 1,527 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018
- 1,858 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers evacuated since November 2017


USD 85 M required for 2018

Population Movements

So far in 2018, the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG) rescued/intercepted 12,047 refugees and migrants at sea during 85 operations. Since June, the number of operations increased when compared to the previous months, with over 5,000 refugees and migrants brought back to Libya (1,756 individuals in May, 3,453 individuals in June and 1,581 individuals so far in July). During the reporting period, 491 refugees and migrants (including 355 men, 71 women and 65 children) disembarked in the Al Khums port (156 individuals), the Azzawya Port (17 individuals) and the Tripoli Naval Base (318 individuals). UNHCR and its partners International Medicals Corps (IMC) provided core-relief items and vital medical assistance both at the disembarkation points and in the detention centres to which individuals were subsequently transferred by the authorities. Some 100 bodies were recovered while more than 500 persons were lost at sea since the beginning of the year. UNHCR calls for the facilitation of safe pathways for refugees and asylum-seekers trying to cross the Central Mediterranean route in search of protection and safety.

As of 25 July 2018, a total of 54,112 asylum-seekers and refugees are registered with UNHCR in Libya. Since June, 1,678 individuals were registered at UNHCR’s Community Day Centres (CDCs) in Tripoli. The main nationalities of individuals registered in June and July are mainly Sudanese (45%), Eritrean (18%) and Syrian (15%).

UNHCR Response

During the reporting period, UNHCR and the Global Protection Cluster organized two capacity building workshops on “Cluster Engagement for Local and National NGOs” and “Protection Mainstreaming”. The objective of the workshops was to strengthen local NGOs and partners’ knowledge on the international humanitarian architecture, the cluster approach and the different steps of the Humanitarian Program Cycle. These trainings were also designed to support protection mainstreaming initiatives led by the Protection Sector in Libya with the overall goal of ensuring that protection is the central focus of the humanitarian response. Since the beginning of the year, UNHCR conducted several capacity-building workshops with local partners, NGOs and the Libyan authorities. These workshops enhance protection awareness, strengthen collaboration between UNHCR and partners, and ultimately result in a stronger humanitarian response.

At UNHCR’s Community Day Centres (CDCs), UNHCR and its partners IMC and CESVI continue to provide non-food items (NFIs), primary health care, psychological support and cash assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in Tripoli. So far in 2018, UNHCR and its partners provided 5,711 primary health care consultations and 967 medical referrals at the CDCs. UNHCR also distributed NFIs to some 6,000 refugees and asylum-seekers and provided cash assistance to more than 1,000 families (2,284 individuals).

As of 25 July, UNHCR evacuated 1,858 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers who were held in detention centres in Libya to third countries (1,536 to Niger, 312 to Italy and 10 to Romania). Additionally, UNHCR submitted 662 cases for direct resettlement from Libya to seven resettlement States including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. As of 26 July, 70 individuals already departed on resettlement directly from Libya to Canada, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.