Tunisia Relocates Thousands of Migrants From a Barren Border Region

Mouad Boudina
Mouad Boudina
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A local rights group reported on Tuesday that Tunisia has relocated dozens of migrants to sanctuaries in two cities after complaints about the circumstances in a lonely military base in the Sahara near the Libyan border, where the government had sent them last week.

President Kais Saied has taken actions that both national and international rights organizations fear are risking lives in response to a large number of migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, who are trying to escape the country in North Africa for Europe.

Ramadan Ben Omar, a representative of the non-governmental Tunisian Alliance for Economic and Social Human Rights, stated that following arduous moments spent there in the sweltering heat, hundreds of individuals who were on the Libyan frontier were ultimately relocated to shelter centers in Medenine and Tataouine cities.

An inquiry for comment was not answered by the interior ministry. Following an uprising between tourists and locals in the seaside city of Sfax earlier in July, the administration reportedly transported the migrants to the location along the Libyan border.

Europe is currently pressuring Tunisia to cease letting migrants leave its coastlines. Several types of financial aid are being considered by European nations to aid the economy while tackling immigration.

Mouad Boudina

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