Despite being a challenging year for Libya, and in light of our continued support for the Libyan people, on behalf of IOM Libya, I wish to acknowledge our achievements in 2016. First of all, I am proud that our Mission has expanded operations across all regions of Libya. Our ability to assist and support migrants has been made possible through a significant increase in donor funding and subsequent staffing capacities in various areas within Libya. 

We are particularly proud that 2016 was a year that saw IOM expand the Humanitarian Repatriation and Reintegration Programme, allowing 2,777 stranded migrants return to their countries of origin. Training and support for actors involved in rescue at sea operations also began, as well as a community stabilization programme in Al Qatrun and Sabha. In addition, IOM launched the Displacement Tracking Matrix, which collects mobility trends of migrants, internally displaced persons and returnees in Libya. DTM data is used by IOM and other humanitarian actors to conduct evidence-based interventions to help those in need. IOM also responded to a number of emergencies, including food delivery and health support at detention centres, as well as provided assistance to migrants rescued at sea. Bringing a music band to a detention centre in Tripoli for the International Migrants Day, as well as the Global Migration Film Festival, was another milestone, bringing some much needed entertainment relief to the migrants.

I would like to extend my warmest gratitude and appreciation to all staff and partner-supporting actors in Libya. I also acknowledge and thank our donors for their ongoing support and trust in our ability to assist those in need. Looking forward to continue working to promote, safe, regular, and orderly migration, providing technical support to the government, and help those in need,

Othman Belbeisi,
IOM Libya, Chief of Mission