Instability and violence in Libya have left over a million people in need of assistance, and IDPs, refugees and migrants are regularly identified as being among the most vulnerable population groups. Central and local authorities and their humanitarian partners analyse the situation continuously, but collecting comparable data is difficult given the country’s fragmented political situation and international partners’ operations being largely based on remote management. At the same time humanitarian funding for Libya is limited, and people are known to be returning in large numbers to unknown conditions. Urban areas are at the centre of the displacement crisis, both as locations hosting displaced persons and as areas of return.
Following a regional Profiling Coordination Training in Tunis, Tunisia, in November 2016 JIPS received two support requests from the Government’s IDP Office and UNHCR as well as UN-Habitat and UNFPA, to support profiling processes in urban areas in the country.