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.


Learn more about the EUTF for Africa's activities in Libya: Factsheet - Libya

Selected targets*

64 732
Number of migrants in transit and forcibly displaced people protected or assisted

15 000
Number of voluntary returns or humanitarian repatriation supported

50 000
Number of people receiving basic social services

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

STORY | 16 March 2018

EUTF for Africa and UNDP bringing Garyounis Clinic in Benghazi back to life

Garyounis is a district with 15,000 people in southern Benghazi in Libya. The terror of the war during the last years is still fresh in people’s memories. Ali Alrayani, 92, has war memories dating back to the Second World War, when he was fighting in the desert.

Joint Operational Committee - 26 February 2018
NEWS | 26 February 2018

Delivering on commitments: new programmes to protect migrants and support return and reintegration in Africa worth €150 million adopted

The European Union is adopting today three new programmes worth over €150 million under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, directly following up on the commitments made by the Joint African Union – European Union – United Nations Task Force to address the migrant situation in Libya.


NEWS | 21 February 2018

EUTF for Africa and UNDP support Libyan entrepreneurs connect to raise their voices

"Young people’s idea of the ‘dream job’ is changing because of the economic situation and the reality they are facing in Libya. They realize that the kind of job they would like to have is hard to get so they conclude that they would rather create that job themselves to...