The embassy of Ivory Coast has sheltered 55 of its community in Tunisia after they were expelled from their homes following the Tunisian government’s announcement to take measures against illegal immigrants, a diplomat from the embassy told AFP on Wednesday.
Thus, the embassy decided to rent an entire building with ten furnished apartments.
Some migrants camped in front of their country’s embassy, awaiting registration processes for their evacuation to the homeland, according to AFP.
However, what hinders the launch of evacuation flights “are the fines that must be paid by people who have exceeded the legal period of residence,” according to the same source.
Several NGOs condemned the speech, describing it as “racist and hateful”. The African Union also condemned this step, considered the president’s statements “shocking,” and called on member states to “refrain from any racist hate speech.
Afaf Al Fahchouch