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DTM Libya – Urban Migrants Situation Update – Rapid Assessment (25 April 2019)

Since the onset of armed conflict in the southern areas of Tripoli on 4 April 2019, the number of people affected has significantly increased, with at least 7,780 families (approximately 38,900 individuals) displaced from their homes.

In addition, around 3,332 migrants remain in detention centers in conflict affected areas, and are among the most vulnerable populations at risk. Furthermore, there is a significant population of urban migrants also present in the affected areas. Urban migrants in the context of the ongoing conflict also constitute a particularly vulnerable group and their protection remains a concern.

On 17 April 2019, DTM conducted a rapid assessment on the extent to which the on-going conflict has affected the situation of urban migrants in the areas of Abusliem, Ain Zara, Hai Al Andalus, Al Dribi, Khallat Alforjan, Qasr Bin Ghashir, Salah Eddine, Suq Aljumaa, and Tajoura. The rapid assessment gathered information along a set of proxy indicators via key informant interviews. The proxy indicators chosen were identified to determine the impact of armed conflict on the migrant's safety in the areas assessed; freedom of movement; access to jobs, consumer markets, and food. This brief situatuon update presents the key findings of the rapid assessment.


The impact of on-going conflict on the urban migrant's situation was determined to be area specific. It was confirmed, much as for the Libyan conflict affected households, that the adverse impact of conflict on the general situation of urban migrants depended strongly on their distance from the front line. The situation of urban migrants in areas close to the conflict's front-line was observed to have been affected more than the situation of migrants in distant areas.

Source: International Organization for Migration