Tunisia: country ignites around sub -Saharan immigration

Video Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed called on February 21 to “urgent measures” against illegal immigration of nationals of sub -Saharan African countries, saying that their presence in Tunisia was a source of “violence and crimes”.

By video service of the world (with Reuters)

Evoking the arrival of “hordes of illegal migrants”, the Tunisian president argued that this immigration was a “criminal enterprise” intended to change the demographic composition of Tunisia in order to blur the “Arab- Muslim “. After this office of President Saïed, several NGOs and witnesses reported an increase in attacks against African migrants, who feel “delivered to popular vindictive”, according to representatives of this community.

Most of these migrants arrive in Tunisia to then try to pass clandestinely in Europe by sea, certain portions of Tunisian coastline located less than 150 kilometers from the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The speech of Mr. Saïed, which concentrates all the powers after having suspended in July 2021 the Parliament and dismissed the government, occurs while the country is going through a serious economic crisis marked by recurrent shortages of basic products, on the background political tensions.

/Media reports cited above.