Italy offers aid to Tunisia but wants results on migrants

Di Maio and Lamorgese fly to Tunis. 207,000 migrants regularised

18 August, 14:38

    (ANSAmed) - ROMA, 18 AGO - Italy is ready to support Tunisia.

    The Italian interior ministry has just released 11 million euros for Tunisia to use in projects for border control, but it wants concrete results in terms of reducing the number of migrants departing from the country. Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio visited Tunis on Monday, accompanied by European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson and European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Oliver Varhelji. They met with Tunisian President Kais Saied, Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi and Interim Foreign Minister Selma Ennaifer, and discussed migrant flows, which have seen a spike this summer.

    In the meanwhile the Italian government's procedure to legalise farm workers, domestics, and home carers, which began June 1, has now concluded. A total of 207,542 applications were received through the interior ministry website, the majority of which (85%) were for domestics and home carers; the remaining applications were for subordinate employment. (ANSAmed).

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