Thousands of Ghanaians are stranded in Libya following the outbreak of political unrest and violence in the north African state. Statistics from Ghana's embassy in Tripoli put the number of Ghanaians living in Libya at 4,000 although embassy staff estimates the actual number to be nearer 10,000.

On 1 March a Ghanaian team arrived in Cairo to co-ordinate the evacuation of Ghanaian nationals who are being assembled at Salum on the Egypt-Libya border. Here their details are being processed by Egypt