Tunis, Tunisia (African Boulevard News) Tunisian President Kais Saied’s recent racist and hateful remarks against African migrants who are seeking refuge in his country on their way to Europe have caused shock and dismay in neighboring Morocco. The president’s comments not only criticized African immigrants but also blamed them for most of Tunisia’s problems, claiming they were trying to “Africanize” the country and distance it from its “Arabness.”
These remarks have rightly sparked outrage accross the world and among many in Morocco, where African migrants are welcomed and integrated into the Kingdom’s social fabric. The Tunisian president’s comments reveal a lack of understanding of the reality of migration and the benefits it can bring to host societies.
Furthermore, the president’s claim that migrants seek to “Africanize” Tunisia is an absurdity, as the country is already located on the African continent and is as African as any other African nation.
It is unacceptable to remain silent in the face of such xenophobic remarks made by a university professor and head of state. Migration should be viewed as an opportunity for enrichment rather than a problem, and African citizens seeking a better future for themselves and their families should be treated with respect and dignity.
Therefore, it is crucial to reject the hateful and racist comments made by President Saied and to continue to support the integration of migrants into their host societies, including Tunisia. Let us stand together against discrimination and prejudice.