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 still 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 with the aim of providing direct assistance such as food and non-food items, medical assistance, protection and psychosocial support to migrants in distress living in urban areas. 

Assistance is delivered through IOM’s MRRM mobile teams that operate in Tripoli, Zwara, Bani Walid, Sabha and Qatroun. Through these outreach activities, migrants are offered direct assistance and also informed on the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives. They are also provided with referrals to IOM’s different partners and its various programmes, such as the Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme. 

Aware of the issues related to migration in Libya, IOM wants to focus on actions that will contribute to the improvement of migration management within the country, while also reaching out to potential migrants in their countries of origin through its actions. 

With the ongoing conflict in Tripoli that erupted in April 2019 and the potential closure of detention centres, there is a need to broaden MRRM’s outreach to migrants in the capital, as well as in cities with high populations of migrants in transit or living in urban areas. Further outreach activities would provide migrants with essential information on the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives. To this end, IOM in Libya is currently implementing various information campaigns under its MRRM programme.