UNHCR Tunisia Factsheet - November 2018
In Tunisia, UNHCR aims to support the establishment of a national asylum system, and to build national capacity for refugee protection.
UNHCR identifies, assists and protects refugees in a context marked by mixed migration movements. UNHCR also maintains preparedness efforts in view of a potential major influx.
UNHCR commends Tunisia’s continued policy of saving lives through rescue at sea, and its humanitarian response, permitting disembarkation in Tunisia.
Working with Partners
UNHCR operates from its Country Office in Tunis and a Field Office in Zarzis, while also maintaining a presence in Sfax and Medenine.
UNHCR cooperates closely with the Tunisian authorities, notably with the Ministries of Justice, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs, Women, Family and Childhood, Employment and Health.
UNHCR Tunisia has formal partnership agreements with four NGOs:
- The Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC): counselling of new arrivals; provision of core relief items; shelter management; health-care coordination and reimbursements; educational support; counselling on social and assistance issues; awareness raising
- The Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR): capacity building and advocacy relating to the development of the national protection system and to protection in the mixed migration context; sensitization of civil society; legal assistance
- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA): business support; job-seeking support; employment process facilitation (assisting with work and residency permit procedures)
- The Italian Council for Refugees (CIR): counselling and recreational support in the context of mixed migration
UNHCR is a member of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Tunisia and contributes to the 2015-2019 United Nations Development Assistance Framework’s planning and reporting activities.