In 2016, IOM established Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Libya to fill critical data, analysis, and reporting gaps on migration and internal displacement. The availability of reliable data driven evidence on migration to, from, and within Libya, and on internal displacement within Libya is crucial for policy makers and practitioners alike to inform migration and displacement related policy and programming.

DTM is a system designed to track human mobility on ground, which through its wide array of assessments also gathers a range of situational data aimed at understanding humanitarian needs and context of locations where internally displaced people (IDPs), returnees, and migrants are present.  Furthermore, to enhance sustainable implementation of knowledge management activities in Libya, DTM also builds capacity of local Libyan organizations and of counterparts in Libyan line ministries through trainings and capacity building workshops.

Building upon DTM’s successful implementation of systematic field data collection, analysis and reporting, in 2018 IOM further enhanced its knowledge management in Libya via implementation of migration research activities aimed at supporting its migration management programming, enhance focus on Sustainable Development Goal, and to support the cooperative framework set up under the Global Compact for Migration.

DTM and Migration Research activities in Libya cover the whole spectrum of internal and international migration in, to, and from Libya ranging from humanitarian to development contexts. The research activities implemented in the form of in-depth studies also aim to engage and empower migrants, particularly women and youth. Studies implemented seek to highlight migrants’ aspirations, capabilities and conditions with an aim of understanding their contribution to the local economy, factors enabling these contributions and to identify challenges faced in the process.

The availability of country-wide evidence on migration, including trends on mobility and living conditions of migrants and IDPs is critical to enable policymakers at national and regional levels to design evidence-based policies. Furthermore, the evidence generated by DTM and Migration Research not only facilitates direct interventions, but also allows humanitarian responders to identify geographic and thematic priority areas. DTM’s bi-monthly information packages on migrants and IDPs provide a common operating picture for both immediate and longer-term humanitarian response planning.

IOM is also a co-chair of the Libya Assessment Working Group (AWG) where regularly findings from its various DTM humanitarian assessments and reports are presented.