Libya has long been a destination country for many individuals seeking better socio-economic conditions. The geographic location of Libya makes it a transit country for migrants heading to Europe. More recently, security and socio-political crises have deeply impacted migration dynamics in Libya and the wider region. Building in particular on the strategic lines set out in the Joint Communication 'Managing flows, saving lives' and the Malta Declaration, the EUTF for Africa in Libya aims to foster and support a migration management and asylum system in Libya that is consistent with the main international standards and human rights. In this respect, and given the dire situation in which migrants and displaced populations are stranded in Libya, the EUTF for Africa pays particular attention to protection and assistance to migrants and their host communities in the country in order to increase their resilience. It also provides for, to the possible extent, the improvement of access to life saving protection services and assistance in detention centres and voluntary humanitarian repatriation for migrants in and outside detention centres. Finally, the EUTF for Africa supports the national authorities to foster their capacity to counter migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings and a more efficient integrated border management.


Check out the factsheet and learn more about the EUTF for Africa's activities in Libya: Factsheet - Libya

Selected targets*

23 500
Number of migrants, or potential migrants, reached out by information campaign on migration and risks linked to irregular migration

National projects

Total 7
Export projects list:CSV

News & Stories

Evacues arriving in Niamey from Lybia
NEWS | 07 January 2019

First group of refugees evacuated from new departure facility in Libya

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with Libyan authorities, evacuated  on 06/12/2018 133 refugees from Libya to Niger today after hosting them at a Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli which opened on Tuesday 03/12/2018.

Most evacuees, including 81 women and children, were previously detained in Libya. After...

STORY | 19 December 2018

Rebuilding Libya means more than just bricks and mortars

With support from the European Union (EU), 26 Libyan women become qualified trainers in Libya’s labour-intensive sewing and tailoring sector.

Monastir, 12 November 2018 –

Today’s award ceremony marks the completion of the training of 26 female trainers in sewing and tailoring, organized as part of the EU and German...

NEWS | 30 November 2018

Italy, EU, UNDP and UNICEF partner with Presidential Council in €50 million programme to support basic services in 24 Libyan Municipalities

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NEWS | 08 November 2018

Six young Libyan entrepreneurs receive grants to develop their business ideas

Tunis, 8/11/2018 - The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Tatweer Research, today jointly announced a 400,000 LYD grant to support six Libyan startups two of them run by women.

The grants are part of the Impact Fund programme, an initiative led by Tatweer...