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Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 02 March 2018

UNHCR Flash Update Libya (24 February – 1 March 2018)

REPORT
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 01 Mar 2018
Key figures:
165,478 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)
341,534 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - 2017)
48,485 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya
5,258 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018
189 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018
969 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018
1,334 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017
Funding
USD 85 M required for 2018
Highlights:
  • A total of 48,485 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR in Libya. In early February, UNHCR opened a new Registration Centre in Tripoli with the objective of increasing its registration capacity. In February alone, UNHCR registered 2,350 refugees and asylum-seekers from Sudan (64%) Syria (12%), Eritrea (11%), Somalia (6%), Ethiopia (5%), Palestine (1%), and South Sudan (1%), in addition to other nationalities. During that month, men represented 13% of the total registered population, while women and children accounted for 58% and 11% respectively. In the last month, UNHCR has noted an increase of Sudanese and Syrians in comparison to the month of January. Overall, Syrian nationals remain the largest registered caseload for UNHCR (47% - 22,613 individuals), followed by Palestinians (15% - 7,052 individuals) and Sudanese (13% - 6,527 individuals).
  • Since November 2017, UNHCR has relocated 1,334 refugees and asylum-seekers out of Libya to third countries. So far, 1,020 individuals have departed to UNHCR's Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger, 312 individuals to Italy and two individuals to UNHCR's Emergency Transit Centre in Romania. On 27 February, UNHCR evacuated 123 vulnerable refugees who had been detained in Tripoli to Niger. UNHCR continues to process refugees for direct resettlement from Libya to third countries. Since October 2017, UNHCR has processed and referred 477 individuals for resettlement, out of which 351 individuals have already been submitted to different resettlement countries.
  • So far this year, UNHCR has conducted more than 180 monitoring visits to detention centres in Libya. In coordination with IOM and through its partner International Medical Corps, UNHCR continues to provide primary healthcare and assistance to refugees and migrants in detention centres.
For more information on our activities you can visit the UNHCR's [Libya data portal] (https://goo.gl/duH6LN)
Populations Movements
A total of 48,485 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR in Libya. In early February, UNHCR opened a new Registration Centre in Tripoli with the objective of increasing its registration capacity. In February alone, UNHCR registered 2,350 refugees and asylum-seekers from Sudan (64%) Syria (12%), Eritrea (11%), Somalia (6%), Ethiopia (5%), Palestine (1%), and South Sudan (1%), in addition to other nationalities. During that month, men represented 13% of the total registered population, while women and children accounted for 58% and 11% respectively. In the last month, UNHCR has noted an increase of Sudanese and Syrians in comparison to the month of January. Overall, Syrian nationals remain the largest registered caseload for UNHCR (47% - 22,613 individuals), followed by Palestinians (15% - 7,052 individuals) and Sudanese (13% - 6,527 individuals).
UNHCR Response
Since November 2017, UNHCR has relocated 1,334 refugees and asylum seekers out of Libya to third countries. So far, 1,020 individuals have departed to UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger, 312 individuals to Italy and two individuals to UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Centre in Romania. On 27 February, UNHCR evacuated 123 vulnerable refugees who had been detained in Tripoli to Niger. UNHCR continues to process refugees for direct resettlement from Libya to third countries. Since October 2017, UNHCR has processed and referred 477 individuals for resettlement, out of which 351 individuals have already been submitted to different resettlement countries.
So far this year, UNHCR has conducted more than 180 monitoring visits to detention centres in Libya. In coordination with IOM and through its partner International Medical Corps, UNHCR continues to provide primary healthcare and assistance to refugees and migrants in detention centres.
In coordination with UN agencies and partners, UNHCR continues to provide humanitarian assistance to approximately 1,200 internally displaced Tawerghans who remain stranded in Qararat al Qataf (east of Bani Walid) and Harawa (east of Sirt). UNHCR provided non-food items, tents, water and winter clothing to 250 Tawerghan families in Qararat al Qataf. UNHCR will continue to provide assistance in the coming weeks, given the low temperatures and generally harsh weather.
UNHCR continues to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in Benghazi. This week, UNHCR distributed non-food items and winter relief to over 2,670 IDPs and returnees in the city. With 32,250 IDPs Benghazi hosts the largest number of displaced persons in Libya and 51% of all returnees in the country.

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