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Tunisia says undocumented migrants within the nation obtained $1 billion this yr – The Occasions Of Earth

Undocumented sub-Saharan African migrants in Tunisia obtained three billion dinars (about $1 billion) in remittances from their nations throughout the first half of 2023, an official from the nationwide safety council mentioned in a gathering late on Friday.

President Kais Saied, who chaired the assembly, mentioned, “This determine is surprising and signifies that Tunisia is being focused.”

Saied denounced this yr undocumented sub-Saharan African immigration to his nation, saying in feedback criticised by rights teams that it was aimed toward altering Tunisia’s demographic make-up.

The quantity of the introduced transfers for undocumented migrants is larger than revenues of the very important tourism business in Tunisia throughout the first half of the yr, which amounted to 2.2 billion dinars.

Hundreds of undocumented migrants have flocked to coastal metropolis of Sfax in current months with the objective of setting off for Europe in boats run by human traffickers, resulting in an unprecedented migration disaster for Tunisia.

Tunisia has eliminated lots of of the migrants this month to a desolate space alongside the border, following days of violence in Sfax between residents and migrants.

Below stress from worldwide and native rights teams that {accused} the authorities of placing the lives of migrants at risk, the federal government moved them to sheltersin two cities this week.