Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Tunisian President Kais Saied stressed that his country will not be a crossing or stable for irregular migrants, pointing to the state’s determination to extend its control over all cities and regions of the country.

Saied’s remarks came during a meeting of the National Security Council, hours before the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to discuss migration issues.

The Tunisian president warned of the worsening phenomenon of illegal immigration in his country, and the involvement of migrants in acts of violence, pointing to the need to extend power and prevent the spread of migrants in neighborhoods.

Saied criticized the treatment of international organizations specialized in migration issues, pointing out that they did not provide any support to Tunisia, and only issued statements, and his statements came in the context of the continued flow of migrants across the Mediterranean towards Europe.

Europe has been pressing Tunisian authorities to curb illegal migrant crossings from its coast, proposing financial support to help Tunisia stop migrant boats.

This plan faces internal rejection and raises fears of a project to settle migrants in Tunisia, whether they have failed to reach Europe or who will be deported by countries in the region to their countries of origin or to a safe country, and left concerns that it will become a country of asylum and residence, in exchange for covering its financial needs.

 

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