United Nations
Migration and mobility

The spokesman of the General Directorate of the National Guard, HoussemEddineJebabli, announced that 144 migrants were rescued on Wednesday 22 June by the Tunisian Navy in the south-east of the country. Most of the migrants, who were from sub-Saharan Africa, were trying to reach Europe on board makeshift boats.

In a statement, the General Directorate of the National Guard also announced that it had prevented six attempts of‘illegal crossings’ to Europe.

Improved weather conditions and the economic and political crisis in Tunisia have led to a significant increase in crossings to Europe. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said that more than 24,500 migrants have reached Italy by sea since January 2022, compared to almost 67,500 last year.

The UN agency added that since the beginning of the year, at least 721 people have died in the central Mediterranean and almost 2,000 have gone missing or drowned, compared to 1,401 in 2020.