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UNHCR Flash Update Libya (28 September – 5 October 2018)

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

LIBYA – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued an update on Libya today that included statistics about refugees, migrants, and IDPs. As of 4 October, the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG) rescued/intercepted 13,898 refugees and migrants (9,560 men, 2,118 women and 1,364 children) at sea during 104 operations. This is an increase of 12.3% compared to the same period in 2017, UNHCR reported.

Since the beginning of the year, 99 bodies were recovered in Libyan waters while 608 lives were lost at sea. Most of the individuals disembarked were Nigerian (1,830 individuals), Sudanese (1,765 individuals) and Eritrean (1,532 individuals).

There are 55,877 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Libya. The majority of refugees registered comprise of Palestinians (5,312 individuals) and Iraqis (2,462 individuals), while the majority of asylum-seekers comprise of Syrians (23,203 individuals) and Sudanese nationals (9,409 individuals). In 2018, 11,291 refugees and asylum-seekers were registered by UNHCR through its Community Day Centres and registration office. Last week alone, UNHCR registered 182 individuals, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea, according to UNHCR.

Most of the 5,000 families who were displaced in Tripoli due to recent clashes have returned to their homes with the exception of families whose houses were severely damaged.

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