According to the statement made on the social media account of the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ylva Johansson, the member of the EU Commission responsible for internal affairs, who made an official visit to the country, met with Foreign Minister Nebil Ammar, Interior Minister Kemal al-Fakih and Social Affairs Minister Malik ez-Zahi.
Stating that his visit “confirms the importance of the partnership in the field of migration, especially between Tunisia and the European Union, and its willingness to increase this partnership in cooperation with the member states of the European Union,” Johansson said that the partnership between the two parties will be in the fight against human trafficking, security and the judiciary, such as Europol. He said that it will be done with the European security institutions.
Johansson noted that the relevant Tunisian authorities and Europol will make efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of irregular migration and to sign a working agreement.
According to the statement, the two sides agreed to increase cooperation on the protection and repatriation of irregular migrants in Tunisia and the EU to provide more support for voluntary returns.
The bodies of 210 irregular migrants found in the last 10 days
Every year, thousands of African irregular migrants come to Tunisia to reach Europe via the Mediterranean in hopes of a better life.
Some of the immigrants from Sub-Saharan African countries, who have lived in immigrant neighborhoods in Tunisia for many years, manage to reach Europe, while others die at sea.
In Tunisia, the bodies of 210 irregular migrants were found on April 18-27.