Libya has long been an important transit and destination country for migrants coming from different parts of Africa. Even with today’s volatile situation across the country, Libya remains Africa’s main departure point to Europe for migrants seeking better economic opportunities. Nevertheless, this journey is extremely perilous and the goal of reaching Europe is not always achieved.

The Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) in Libya was established in 2018 and aims to provide direct assistance services such as food and non-food items, medical assistance, protection and mental health and psychosocial support, awareness-raising and information of the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives, and referral services, such as medical referrals to external health facilities, and referrals to other units inside IOM including the Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme, or other partners as per their mandate.   

Assistance is delivered through the MRRM base in Tripoli and IOM’s MRRM mobile teams that operate in Bani Waleed, Qatroun, Sabha, Ghat, Tripoli, Zwara, and Benghazi. The mobile teams reach approximately 400 migrants in each location every month and provide comprehensive assistance and referral support which migrants cannot otherwise access due to fears of personal safety or of being arrested or due to lack of financial means, transportation or ill health. Libya has long been an important transit and destination country for migrants coming from different parts of Africa. Even with today’s volatile situation across the country, Libya remains Africa’s main departure point to Europe for migrants seeking better economic opportunities. Nevertheless, this journey is extremely perilous and the goal of reaching Europe is not always achieved.