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Migration and mobility

Refugees and asylum seekers had an open sit-in since Saturday 16 April 2022 in the premises of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the capital Tunis.

The protesters, who come from Eritrea, Sudan, and Libya, denounce their ill-treatment and demand to be evacuated from the country, claiming that even with the necessary papers, they cannot live in this country hit by a major economic crisis.

In a statement given to InfoMigrants, Romdhane Ben Amor, from the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), explained that the refugees “cannot find housing and are working in precarious jobs in construction or agriculture, sectors in which Tunisians do not want to work because it is poorly paid and the conditions are very week.”

It is worth noting that, according to FTDES, the Tunisian coastguard intercepted 25,657 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2021, almost double the number from the previous year.