UNHCR Southern Tunisia Weekly Update: August 1 2011 – Issue 2
Since 20 February 2011, 834,207 persons crossed the border from Libya to Tunisia. This includes 582,465 Libyans and 210,147 third country nationals (TCNs), including persons of concern to UNHCR who currently reside in camps near the border crossing of Ras Jdir. It is estimated that approximately 70% of the Libyans who crossed into Tunisia have returned back to Libya, with some 90,000 Libyans remaining behind according to Tunisian government's sources. Since the start of the influx from Libya, the Tunisian people and their government have mounted a generous relief effort, thereby averting a humanitarian crisis. The open-door policy of the Tunisian government and hospitality accorded to refugees has been exemplary and remains maintained. UNHCR's emergency operation in Southern Tunisia is providing protection and humanitarian assistance to third country nationals (refugees, asylum seekers and migrants) in a camp located near the Ras Jdir border and to the Libyan refugees who predominantly reside in the urban areas.