IOM, MPI Explore Lessons Learnt from Libyan Crisis


IOM and the Migration Policy Institute have published a third
“Issue in Brief” policy paper: Asian Labour Migrants
and Humanitarian Crises: Lessons from Libya.

In the paper, authors Brian Kelly and Anita Jawadurovna Wadud
examine migration crises and the international and national
humanitarian response. They also identify several policy
recommendations, particularly for the Colombo Process
(labour-sending) member states.

The Libyan migration crisis, following the outbreak of open
conflict in February 2011, highlighted the inadequacy of the
response of the international community and raised questions
regarding the efficacy of existing coordination mechanisms and
frameworks. It also brought to the forefront the different roles
for states and international organizations.

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The brief also examines the ways in which international labour
migrants in conflict zones are generally more vulnerable than the
native population. These migrants, who play an integral part in
sustaining the economies and societies of many countries today
(particularly in the Middle East), may not speak the local language
or share the same culture and are often at the bottom of the
economic pyramid.

Their employers may be a party to the conflict, leaving the
workers vulnerable to targeted attacks from opposing parties. The
migrants’ immediate proximity to danger and conflict is
balanced against the negative impact that losing their jobs could
have on their families back home.

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For more information, please contact


Joe Lowry

IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok

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