IOM Libya Launches Three-Day Training for Libyan Officials in Tunis

By International Office of Migration (IOM)

On Monday, 21March 2016, IOM Libya launched a three-day training in Tunis with the participation of 26trainees among which 13 members are from the Libyan Coast Guards, Ministry of Defence and13 from Directorate for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM), Ministry of Interior.

The training is funded by the US Department State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), within the project entitled “Addressing Irregular Migration Flows and Upholding the Human Rights of Migrants along the North-Eastern African Migration Route and North Africa”.

The training aims at strengthening knowledge of Libyan frontline officers in identifying vulnerable migrants, combating human trafficking and providing the direct assistance. Through the training sessions, IOM is focusing on three main topics: the human rights of migrants and specifically trafficking in persons, the identification of victims of trafficking and the procedure for productive referral mechanism onward assistance. The training helps to create enhanced coordination between both parties to respond to humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants.

The training sessions were facilitated by IOM specialists in Migrant Assistance. Other agencies such as the UNHCR and DRC were invited to deliver sessions on vulnerabilities within the refugees. The attendees from both directorate DCIM and LCGcovered different areas across Libya such as Tripoli, Misrata, Sebha, Zawya, Surman, Al-Khums, Zletin, and Ezwara.

Despite many crises, IOM in Libya is continuing to provide direct assistance to stranded migrants and internally displaced families inside the country, distributing non-food items, hygiene kits and healthcare services that are delivered through IOM partners on the ground.