Libya — Egyptian Migrant Workers in Libya: General Overview and Opportunities for the Future
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Snapshot DateFeb 16 2023
This background paper on Egyptian Migrant Workers in Libya aims to provide an overview of the situation and opportunities for this population. It was drafted with the aim of guiding the operationalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on labour migration signed by both states in 2021. The document was drafted by LMI unit, using DTM data sources, including IOM’s Flow Monitoring Survey (FMS) as well as qualitative interviews with Egyptian migrant workers collected in June 2022. The report provides significant insights into Egyptian migrant workers conditions, including their mode of entry in Libya; employment status; access to documentation; ability to send remittances and mobility intentions. The paper outlines that, while the signature of a MoU between Libya and Egypt is a significant step, its prompt operationalization and the creation of regular pathways between both countries is paramount to ensure the protection of Egyptian Migrant workers in Libya.