IOM says over 640,000 migrants present in Libya

From 39 countries, distributed throughout country

11 July, 18:30

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JULY 11 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has counted at least 641,398 migrants in Libya, cited in a report published Thursday on its 25th round of Displacement Tracking Matrix data collection, which took place from March to May 2019.

    According to the report, migrants in Libya come from more than 39 different countries and are present in all 100 Libyan municipalities, distributed in 565 of the 667 communities in Libya.

    "The armed conflict that started on April 4, 2019 in south Tripoli showed a substantial impact on the situation of migrants in and near conflict-affected areas during the reporting period," the report said. "More specifically, it increased the vulnerability of migrants present in these areas, triggered movements of migrant groups to nearby areas in Western Libya and also led to decreases in reported work opportunities for migrants," it said.

    The report said 9% of migrants are minors, 34% of whom are unaccompanied, and 13% of migrants are women.

    It said 65% of migrants came from Sub-Saharan Africa, 29% from North Africa, and 6% from Asia and the Middle East.

    The highest percentage of migrants came from Niger, followed by Egypt and Chad (15% each), Sudan (11%), and Nigeria (9%).

    The report said 57% of migrants live in self-paid rented accommodation, 12% in informal camps, 10% in employer-provided accommodation, and 8% directly at the workplace.

    It said 20% of identified migrants live in the area of Tripoli, 11% in the region of Ejdabia, and 9% in Murzuq (in the Fezzan region).(ANSAmed).

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