Managing mixed migration flows in Libya through expanding protection space and supporting local socio-economic development


The programme 'Managing mixed migration flows in Libya through expanding protection space and supporting local socio-economic development' aims to reinforce the protection and resilience of migrants, refugees and host communities in Libya, while supporting improved migration management in the country. This programme benefits from a bilateral contribution from Germany.

Main objectives

To better respond to the challenges associated to mixed migration flows to, through and from Libya onwards to the EU, the current action focuses its activities in different locations inside Libya through two different pillars:

The specific objective of the 'Protection' pillar is to: 1) expand the protection space in Libya, with a particular focus on migrants and refugees through both scaling up relevant capacities of national stakeholders and provision of assistance. In particular, the programme aims to improve living conditions in detention centres (in the form of medical assistance, sanitation, etc.), support alternatives to detention, and provide voluntary humanitarian return and reintegration assistance to 15,000 vulnerable migrants stranded in Libya for 2017.

The specific objective of the ‘Local governance and socio-economic development' pillar is to: 2) support socio-economic development at municipal level and local governance, in order to better integrate migrants and stabilize host communities. In particular, it supports the stabilisation of local communities most affected by the migratory flows, via socio-economic development at municipal level, and local governance in order to better integrate migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons as well as foster local cohesion and stability.

This action in numbers

Number of MSMEs supported
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities
9 000
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development
15 000
Number of voluntary returns or humanitarian repatriation supported
64 732
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted
Number of local development plans directly supported
50 000
Number of people receiving basic social services
Number of staff from governmental institutions, internal security forces and relevant non-state actors trained on security, border management, CVE, conflict prevention, protection of civilian populations and human rights


News & Stories

Enregistrement des migrants volontaires au retour
NEWS | 09 April 2018

Voluntary Humanitarian Returns from Libya Continue as Reintegration Efforts Step Up

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, announced on 13/03 that it has assisted 10,171 migrants to return home safely from Libya with support from the European Union, African Union, and the Libyan Government since the scale up of Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) from the country started on 28 November last year....

Operation Pour
NEWS | 23 January 2018

EUTF for Africa and UNDP supporting entrepreneur women in the technology sector

“This initiative provides them with the right structure to scale up their idea and take it to the next level. The participants of this edition have creative project concepts that tackle problems in education, health and transportation among others,” said Murad El-Dahmani instructor at Operation Pour. “With the...

UNDP Ambulances delivered in Murzuq
NEWS | 23 January 2018

The EUTF for Africa and UNDP deliver two ambulances to the municipality of Murzuq

Tripoli - On 21 December 2017, the municipality of Murzuq, located in the south of Libya, received two intensive care ambulances from UNDP through the project 'Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience and Recovery' (EUR 18 million) funded under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

The Murzuq General...