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29 Aug 2018 description

Although Libya’s drop in migrants isn’t related to Tunisia’s increase, policy is needed on the issue.

BY MATT HERBERT AND MAX GALLIEN

The nature of migration from Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean is changing. Some sub-Saharan African migrants are adjusting their routes due to dangers in Libya, and Tunisian migrants are leaving their country in greater numbers than before. These trends are however unconnected.

23 Aug 2018 description

In Numbers

US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens

WFP provides capacity-strengthening activities aimed at enhancing government-run National School Meals Programme.

The National School Meals Programme reached 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (658,000 girls and 742,000 boys) in Morocco.

Operational Updates

Tunisia:

21 Aug 2018 description

Bizerte, du 4 au 11 août 2018

Le renforcement des capacités des acteurs et des intervenants dans la Réduction des Risques de Catastrophes dans les deux communes de Ain Drahem et de Tataouine est une action urgente qui a été identifiée à l’issue d’une évaluation des risques et des capacités à l’échelle communautaire organisée au mois de décembre dernier.

04 Aug 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 13 July an offshore platform near the Tunisian coast received a rescue signal from migrants in the sea nearby. Immediately, an emergency vessel was dispatched to investigate and found 40 migrants from different nationalities on a small boat. Some migrants were rescued from the water, and others from their vessel. With no feedback nor action from potential host authorities, and given the worsening weather situation, the migrants were moved to a Tunisianflagged offshore supply ship.

24 Jul 2018 description

In Numbers

US$1.6 m allocated by the Tunisian Government for the construction and equipment of two pilot kitchens

WFP provides capacity strengthening activities aimed at enhancing governmentrun National School Meals Programme (NSMP).

The national programme reach 250,000 children (120,000 girls and 130,000 boys) in Tunisia; and 1.4 m children (658,000 girls and 742,000 boys) in Morocco.

Operational Context

26 Jun 2018 description

Operational Context

Tunisia has undergone significant change following the Jasmine Revolution of January 2011. The strategic direction of the Government currently focuses on strengthening democracy, while laying the groundwork for a stronger economic recovery. Tunisia has a GNI per capita of USD 11,250 purchasing power parity (World Bank, 2015). The 2016 UNDP Human Development Report ranks Tunisia 97 out 188 countries and as 58 on the Gender Inequality Index (GII 2015).

18 Jun 2018 description

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.

Together with its partners, UNHCR identifies solutions to help refugees build a new life through socio-economic integration, resettlement and other alternative pathways.

Working with Partners

11 Jun 2018 description

On 3 June, a boat packed with over 180 migrants sank off the Tunisian coast, near the island of Kerkennah, causing the tragic death of at least 100 persons. The accident probably represents Tunisia’s deadliest migrant shipwreck and brings again to the fore the upsurge of irregular migration from the country – also known as el-harga in Tunisian.

With the exception of the massive irregular influx into Europe of more than 28,000 Tunisians at the wake of the revolution, Tunisian arrivals in Italy decreased substantially between 2012 and 2016 as border controls were restored.

05 Jun 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

05 June 2018

At least 52 people died after a boat carrying around 180 refugees and migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened at this latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea and is concerned about the high number of people dying on the Central Mediterranean route with over 700 dead or missing so far in 2018.

05 Jun 2018 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR William Spindler – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 05 juin 2018 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

05 juin 2018

05 Jun 2018 description

Tunis – Sixty-eight survivors, at least one hundred dead and missing migrants off Kerkennah-Sfax, Tunisia – this is the provisional report of the night of Saturday to Sunday, 3 June, when some 180 migrants undertook an uncertain crossing to European coasts on a fragile and overloaded craft.

03 Jun 2018 description

By Tarek Amara

TUNIS, June 5 (Reuters) - The death toll from a ship packed with migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast last weekend has risen to 60, the United Nations migration agency said late on Monday, one of the worst migrant boat disasters in recent years.

Read more at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

29 May 2018 description

Reacting to a joint statement by the Truth and Dignity Commission and the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights  published on 24 May, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Director, Heba Morayef, said:

21 May 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

HIGHLIGHTS

The food markets are characterized by heavy subsidies on cereals which have contributed to keep the prices stables. The government's economic policy strategy is aimed at boosting annual real GDP growth to 5% and cutting unemployment to 12% by end-2020 (from 15.4% at end-2017), by introducing a "new model" of development.

11 May 2018 description

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.

Together with its partners, UNHCR identifies solutions to help refugees build a new life through socio-economic integration, resettlement and other alternative pathways.

Main Activities

Protection