Tunisian NGO urges 'equitable' national migration strategy

Against doubling of deportations from Italy

23 September, 14:45

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 23 - The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) has asked the country's parliament to request that the government be called upon to speak in the assembly on "tools for cooperation with the European Union and Italy on migration issues, urging them to examine and adopt the national strategy on migration". FTDES said in a missive that it holds the country's president "politically, morally, and constitutionally if the same foreign policy characterised by the unilateral European and Italian vision were to continue in dealing with the issues of undocumented migration''. The Tunisian NGO affirmed in a statement its "commitment to equitable bilateral cooperation respecting rights", calling for "transparency in talks and that the national public opinion be informed about details (of these talks), reiterating a refusal of the forced expulsions of migrants and security approaches adopted to deal with the phenomenon, noting the frequent reports in Italian media of a new Tunisian-Italian agreement on undocumented migration and Tunisia's approval for the doubling of deportations". FTDES added that ''this agreement reportedly received its first approval during the visit by Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese to Tunisia on July 27. This approval by the Tunisian side was reportedly reaffirmed during the visit by the Italian-European delegation on August 17, according to Italian media.'' Some 3,164 undocumented Tunisian migrants arrived in Europe in 2019 compared with 5,744 in 2018, FTDES said. (ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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