IOM says 200,000 displaced Libyans have gone home but 300,000 still have not

By Jamie Prentis.

Some Ben Jawad residents lived in the desert for three months and were sent humanitarian aid (Photo: Fadiel Fadeal)

Some IDPs from Ben Jawad residents lived in the desert for three months (Photo: Fadiel Fadeal)

Tunis, 19 April 2017:

Some 200,000 of Libya’s half million internally displaced people (IDPs) have so far been able to return to their homes, the majority of them to Benghazi.

Besides  Benghazi, Abu Slim, Bani Walid, Ajdabiya and Misrata saw significant numbers of returnees. Obari, Abu Qurayn and Kikla also had many people returning home, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration said it its latest report.

Its research, carried out in January and February this year showed most people have managed to return to their original homes while a small minority is either in new accommodation of living with relatives.

The IOM found that relations between IDPs and the locals where they have sought refuge are good to excellent Some municipalities reported that the arrival of outsiders had helped local labour markets and boosted economic activity.

One of the IOM’s Libya programme officials  Dan Salmon said that the organisation used a Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) to make deeper analysis of its data,

“DTM Reports provide Libya with common and evidence-driven narratives, ensuring that there is no information gap on any part of Libya,”  Salmon explained.

Among the indicators covered, DTM looks at health, education, work, nutrition, public services, security and community relations between residents, IDPs and returnees.

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