UNHCR Tunisia Factsheet - November 2018

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 26 Nov 2018 View Original

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.