Libya

Country Facts

DRC present since:

2011

Staff on location:

140

Displaced population:

1,800,000

Displacement Situation 

With the crisis in Libya now entering its tenth year, civilians continue to disproportionately suffer the consequences of this complex conflict in which political resolution remains distant. This protracted instability began with a 2011 anti-government uprising that eventually sparked the current civil war. Today, governmental authority in Libya is unclear and contested, and the country is divided between two competing legislatures on different sides of the country and a proliferation of armed groups of varying ideologies and allegiances. In addition to this persistent conflict, insecurity, and political instability, Libya has witnessed a dramatic breakdown in the rule of law, and suffers significant dysfunction in state institutions, the public sector, and the economy as a whole.  

Despite these immense challenges, Libya remains a primary transit and destination country for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The complex mixed migration flows through the country comprise individuals from Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. Many are fleeing violence, discrimination, conflict, and human rights violations in their countries of origin, and others are seeking economic and educational opportunities or family reunification. 

DRC Response 

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) have been operational in Libya since 2011, providing basic assistance and protection services to safeguard the dignity, safety and wellbeing of Libya’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations, including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities. DRC's interventions include protection, site management, coordination of informal settlements, shelter assistance, multi-purpose cash assistance, food and non-food item distribution, community safety initiatives, and Humanitarian Mine Action. DRC will soon be expanding its activities to include Water, Sanitation and Hygiene promotion, livelihood activities, and legal aid.

Contact

James Curtis

Regional Director

[email protected]

Liam Kelly

Country Director

[email protected]