In 2018, IOM established a Research unit within IOM Libya to support all programming and to facilitate the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Research at IOM Libya is in line with the cooperative framework set by the Global Compact for Migration. IOM Research facilitates the strengthening of knowledge and analysis of migration through the design and development of studies that generate or draw on quality data on rights, obligations, and options for safe, orderly and regular migration. The research and dissemination process also facilitates and supports awareness raising about the risks of irregular migration. 

IOM research activities are intended to present and analyse both the challenges and benefits of migration, and to dispel misleading narratives that generate a negative perception of migrants. Research studies are designed to engage and empower migrants, particularly women and youth, to become active participants in their societies. Studies seek to highlight migrants’ positive contribution to local economy and development and promote inclusion and social cohesion in communities affected by conflict and insecurity. 

In 2019, the IOM Research programme further developed and strengthened a reliable and comprehensive knowledge base on migration in Libya, establishing and expanding the network of local and international researchers and experts, academia and policy makers working on migration in Libya. This is done in partnership with prominent academic institutions not only to ensure the compliance with international standards and the 2030 Agenda, but also to realize comparative analysis on good practices in legislation and formulate recommendations on policy development.