Germany Provides EUR 4,5 million to IOM in Libya

Posted: 
05/13/16
Region-Country: 
Africa and Middle East / Libya
Themes: 
Humanitarian Emergencies, Internally Displaced Persons

Libya – The Federal Republic of Germany has contributed EUR 4.5 million to support IOM Libya’s project Promoting Peace and Stability for Internally Displaced People, Migrant and Local Host Communities in Libya.

The initiative will run for two years from May 2016 to May 2018 and will focus on two key objectives of IOM Response Plan for Libya: Community Stabilization and Addressing the Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean. The project is in line with IOM’s mandate of promoting safe, orderly and dignified human mobility.

The project which will be implemented in two main areas in the south of Libya namely in Sabha and Gatroun areas, will mainly involve four key activities that will help:

  • restore essential services and infrastructure;
  • establish community centers for families and organizing recreational, educational, and counseling activities;
  • provide vocational trainings for Libyans and support setting up small business, based on local market assessment and;
  • support peace processes through dialogue and capacity building of local civil society actors, NGOs and local authorities while encouraging developing partnerships for growth and competitiveness.

Germany is also supporting an additional of IOM Libya project focusing on humanitarian assistance through the provision of non-food items to vulnerable internally displaced persons and Humanitarian assistance for rescue at sea, detained migrants and vulnerable migrants in urban settings in amount of EUR 1 million for 7 months in 2016. The initiative covers locations in eastern, western and southern parts of Libya.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission, Othman Belbeisi expressed gratitude saying: “The IOM, in particular the mission in Libya, is very grateful to the Federal Republic of Germany for its continued and much valued support which contributes to peace and stability in Libya, especially at this critical time. We very much look forward to working closely together and achieving the high targets and goals that have been set for this project.”

German ambassador to Libya, Christian Much said: “Flight and migration are often a difficult experience - not only for those who left home, but also for those who receive migrants. I hope that, in cooperation with municipalities in southern Libya and with IOM, we can somewhat alleviate the fate of as many people as possible.”

For further information please contact Othman Belbeisi at IOM Libya; Tel. +216 296-00-389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int

German Ambassador to Libya, Christian Much (left) and IOM Libya Chief of Mission, Othman Belbeisi
German Ambassador to Libya, Christian Much (left) and IOM Libya Chief of Mission, Othman Belbeisi