In 2019, humanitarian work in Libya faced growing operational challenges presented by persistent political instability and protracted armed conflicts. The eighth year since the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in 2011 was marked by an increase in political instability triggered by renewed armed conflict in and around Tripoli that commenced in April 2019. This resulted in further deterioration of public services and destruction of infrastructure, adding to the persistent economic downturn faced by Libya since 2012. 

Such challenges translated to an increased number of people in need of humanitarian assistance, including Libyans displaced due to armed conflict and vulnerable migrants exposed to volatile, unsafe environments and living in high insecurity. IOM, seeking to reduce the negative impacts of conflict and challenges on vulnerable populations, continued to be flexible in identifying and directing assistance to greatly affected groups.

In 2019, IOM made substantial progress towards achieving its overall vision. IOM assisted vulnerable populations with lifesaving assistance, supported local authorities and communities to improve public infrastructure and strengthen social cohesion and supported the Libyan authorities to enhance their capacity to lead on migration and promote effective migration governance in Libya.

Download: IOM Libya Annual Report 2019

Download Arabic version: IOM Libya Annual Report 2019 - AR