Libya: Immigrants

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migrants are able to operate freely in Libya.

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Despite the temporary evacuation of all UN agencies and most international Non-Governmental Organisations from Libya in 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Libya maintained a local staff presence in Tripoli and Benghazi to support and monitor their programmes. UNHCR Libya international staff continue to operate remotely from Tunisia. The International Organisation for Migration have also maintained an operational presence through local staff in Libya, with international staff based in Tunis. We recognise that the work of UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration on the ground in Libya is constrained by the local security situation.

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