SAFETY

RELOCATE TO LIBYA?  YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS?!

By Emma Parker

Probably the biggest misconception about Libya is that it is not a safe place for an expat to live.  This couldn’t be further from the truth. Strong religious and family values heavily impact society in Libya as a whole and the crime rate is reflected in this.  Violent crime is not a major problem in Libya however petty crime, such as pick pocketing, burglary or car theft is increasing with the influx of expatriates. 


If walking alone, make sure not to carry valuables unless absolutely necessary.  And if possible use a taxi driver who has been referred by another expat.  Dressing modestly will increase your chances of attracting less attention, however this is not a guarantee!


While there are some expat compounds in Tripoli, expats are able to live freely and safely in a standard house or apartment.  Often expats will hire a guard for the property who will also perform odd jobs around the house and garden.





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