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Fighting irregular migration: EU politicians in Tunisia

Fighting irregular migration: EU politicians in Tunisia

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni travel to Tunisia on Sunday. There they want to meet with President Kais Saied about irregular migration from the North African country to the European Union, which has increased sharply in recent months.

According to the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, more than 53,800 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea since the beginning of the year – in the same period last year, there were about 21,700. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, most of the migrants registered in Italy came from Tunisia.

In addition to migrants from sub-Saharan countries, more and more Tunisians are making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Italy. With the deepening economic crisis and high unemployment, many no longer see any prospects in their homeland. Meanwhile, the Tunisian leadership is unable to find any solutions to the problems.

The meeting, which will be held in Tunis on Sunday, will also deal with cooperation between the European Union and the North African country in the fields of economy and energy.

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