Contribution in Support of UNHCR's Activities in Libya 2020 (incl. Covid-19 response)
UNHCR's overall strategic objective in Libya is to enhance the protection environment and provide life-saving assistance to displaced populations, refugees, asylum-seekers and their host communities.
Under its planned response for 2020, and as part of the most pressing and impactful interventions, UNHCR expects the following results in Libya in 2020:
- 2,000 refugees and asylum-seekers will be provided with food rations as part of the Food Security Sector response.
- 15 health facilities/municipalities will be supported in repose to the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of ambulances, prefab clinics, hygiene kits, body bags, hospital tents, generators, face masks, ventilators, and rub-halls.
- 72,375 IDPs, refugees and asylum-seekers will be supported with emergency and multi-purpose cash assistance.
- 35,000 IDPs, refugees and asylum-seekers will be supported with core relief Items (CRIs).
- 3,000 vulnerable refugee cases will be identified for resettlement.
- 10,000 asylum-seekers will be registered on an individual basis.
- 25,000 individuals (refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, IDP returnees and vulnerable host community members) will be supported with Quick Impact Projects (QIPs).
UNHCR's total population of concern in Libya currently includes 590,808 individuals, including refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, IDP returnees and host communities.The Austrian contribution could help to reach a total of 3,790 refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs as well as hosting communities.
UNHCR implements directly, in cooperation with international and national NGO partners as well as civil society organizations. Partners include Cooperazione e Sviluppo (CESVI), International Rescue Committee, Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, ACTED, IMPACT Initiatives, Première Urgence Internationale, Handicap International, and LibAid.
Project activities will be implemented in countrywide locations where UNHCR has access and where there are concentrations of UNHCR persons of concern (POCs). Activities will be mainly implemented in Tripoli, Misrata, Az-Zawya, Misrata, Nafusa Mountains, Bengazi and surrounding areas (Derna and Ajdabiya), and in south of the country including Sebha and Kufra, pending accessibility.
- Targeting 2,000 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers in urban settings with food items, focusing on areas with high concentrations of refugees.
- Providing support to six health facilities/municipalities, through provision of additional ambulances, prefab clinics, hygiene kits, body bags, hospital tents, generators, face masks, ventilators, and large portable tented structures that can be used as clinics/isolation areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Improving access to and quality of status determination procedures for300 asylum-seeker cases (730 individuals).
- Establishing, improving and maintaining shelter and infrastructure for 132 IDP families (660 individuals).
- Improving access to legal assistance and legal remedies for 400 IDPs (group awareness sessions, individual legal counselling and assistance).
Despite its worsening conflict, Libya remains a destination country. It is estimated (IOM DTM 2020) that Libya may currently be hosting some 654,000 migrants, largely men (88%) particularly from Niger, Chad, and Egypt. Although 78% of all foreign residents are working, very few hold residency permits, and most are working in the informal economy. In addition, Libya hosts persons in need or highly presumed to be in need of international protection. As of end March 2020, 48,621 asylum-seekers and refugees are currently registered with UNHCR. Amongst those, 37.3% are women and over 33% are children, including some 6% defined as children at risk. The situation of refugees in Libya is also a human rights crisis where many refugees are exposed to a variety of protection risks including discrimination, different forms of abuse, exploitation, assault, robbery, arbitrary arrest and detention. UNHCR continues to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs and returnees, directly and through partnership, and within the overall inter-agency coordination system. UNHCR's funding requirement for Libya in 2020 stands at USD 85.1 million, and is currently 17% funded (USD 14.3 million).