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We Will Stay Here. IDP Vulnerability Assessment - Libya (December 2016)


This report describes the most important findings and recommendations related to a vulnerability assessment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the coastal urban and rural areas of Libya. The assessment, carried out between August and November 2016, was funded by UNHCR and ECHO and conducted by Mercy Corps, in collaboration with seven Local Organizations. Valuable support was also provided by twenty municipality councils.


The assessment aimed to analyze the current humanitarian situation of IDPs in Libya through household surveys, key informant interviews and Focus Group Discussions. The enumerators interviewed heads of households of IDP families, local authorities, community leaders, youth, women and elderly groups’ representatives.

Key findings: 

- Despite the deteriorating safety and security situation, more than 95 percent of households reached reported their firm willing to remain in their current locations or return back to their hometowns;
- 42 percent of households reached, stated that lack of safety was the main reason for deciding to displace;
- More than 30 percent of households reached reported to be in need of psychosocial support, for at least one member of their family, and according to 79 percent of interviewed households, psychosocial support services are lacking;
- Although 87 percent of households interviewed reported to have a primary source of income, which in most cases (86 percent) comes from public sector, the majority stated that they do not have access to liquidity;
- 52 percent of households reached reported not to have access to resources required to practice their profession;
- 78 percent of households reached reported to be in need of non-food items;
- More than 30 percent among those who have been evicted mentioned financial constraints as the main cause for eviction;

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
30 Aug 2016 to 20 Nov 2016
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Mercy Corps
Participating Organization(s): 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Cash Transfer Programming