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UNHCR Flash Update Libya (24 - 30 November 2018) [EN/AR]

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Population Movements

As of 30 November, in 2018, the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG) has rescued/intercepted 14,795 refugees and migrants (10,346 men, 2,172 women and 1,421 children) during 115 sea operations. Since August to date, the number of refugees and migrants disembarked in Libya (2,162 individuals) has considerably decreased when compared to disembarkations in June (3,453 individuals) and July (2,167 individuals). In November, 546 individuals disembarked in Libya. The most recent events took place on 23 November (27 individuals disembarked at the Alkhums Naval Base) and on 24 November (110 individuals disembarked at the Azzawya Refinery Port and 63 in Zwara). Through its partner International Medical Corps (IMC), UNHCR provided core-relief items (CRIs) and medical assistance at both disembarkation points.

UNHCR Response

UNHCR continues to provide humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDP) and returnees. UNHCR’s winterization campaign in Benghazi has reached over 5,270 individuals with heaters, blankets and winter clothes. Benghazi hosts the largest number of IDPs in Libya, with over 26,800 IDPs and 189,000 returnees living in and around the city. In Tripoli, UNHCR and its partner Danish Refugee Council distributed cash cards to 500 displaced families to help cope with the challenges related to liquidity and support selfreliance.

So far in 2018, UNHCR and its partners have implemented 92 quick impact projects (QIPs) with the active participation of host communities and IDPs, and in consultation with national and local authorities. QIPs are small, rapidly implemented projects intended to help create conditions for peaceful coexistence between those displaced and their hosting communities, and to strengthen the resilience of these communities. During the week, UNHCR supported schools in 12 municipalities with sport kits for the students and chairs to accommodate additional students in the classrooms. In addition, UNHCR provided generators to eleven municipalities (Abu- Salem, Awal, Ghat, Tripoli, Khoms, Ziliten, Kufra, Sirt, Tarhouna, Azzawya and Sabha) to ensure that hospitals and health clinics are not impacted by the continuous power cuts.

UNHCR continues to support refugees and asylum-seekers living Tripoli. There are 57,644 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Libya. Through its hotlines, UNHCR provides counselling to persons in detention, updates on resettlement and on cash assistance, with an average of 100 calls per week. In its Community Day Centres, UNHCR and its partners CESVI and IMC provide medical assistance, psychosocial support, cash and core relief items on a daily basis.

Since 1 September 2017, 994 individuals have been submitted for resettlement to 7 resettlement states. A total of 114 individuals have already departed on resettlement directly from Libya to Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden.