The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Libya reached than 168,000, confirming that the percentage dropped by 47% since the ceasefire in October 2020 – in the period between December 2020 and January 2022.

IOM said on Twitter that 673,000 IDPs have returned to their houses, while they still face the basic needs’  shortages of housing, food and access to health services.

This new information represents the results of the 40th Round of Mobility Tracking in Libya, as the organization stressed that the numbers of IDPs continued to decline, while there was an increase in the number of returnees, compared to the 661,892 returnees identified in Round 39.

The top three areas that witnessed the return of IDPs are Benghazi with more than 192,000 persons, followed by Tripoli with more than 152.000 and Al-Jafara with more than 108.000 returnees, according to the IOM.

IOM said that 95% of the IDPs have fled their homes and were displaced due to the lack of security, while 98% returned to their cities and towns after the relative improvement in the security situation, not to mention that 89% of those who returned live in their house from which they were displaced in the first place.