This page provides a general overview of the situation with regard to refugees in Libya as well as of UNCHR activities in the country.

“An estimated 1.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Libya. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are suffering. They are living in unsafe conditions with little or no access to health care, essential medicines, food, safe drinking water, shelter or education.

Our overall objective in Libya is to improve protection and life-saving assistance to displaced people, refugees and asylum-seekers and host communities. This includes supporting local public services which benefit the whole community, such as hospitals and schools.”

Libya also hosts 43,113 refugees and asylum-seekers who are registered with UNHCR. Refugees are travelling alongside migrants through dangerous routes towards Europe. Up to 90 per cent of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe depart from Libya.

Our work at disembarkation points focuses on providing life-saving assistance to people and protection monitoring to identify those in need of international protection, such as unaccompanied and separated children, elderly people, medical cases, women at risk or victims of trafficking. We have access to 12 disembarkation points in western Libya and have upgraded reception conditions to meet the immediate basic needs of refugees and migrants (health posts, water and sanitation facilities and shaded areas to protect refugees and migrants from the elements).”