Tunis, Tunisia – (African Boulevard News) – Tunisia is calling for “solidarity” from European Union (EU) nations, particularly when it comes to fighting against illegal immigration. Nabil Ammar, the head of Tunisian diplomacy, made the plea on Thursday, during a meeting with a European commissioner.
Illegal immigration has been a significant problem not only for Tunisia but also for many African countries. The EU, which itself is not immune to the dangers of the migration crisis, has been criticized for not doing more to help countries like Tunisia handle the increasing numbers of immigrants.
Speaking at the meeting on Thursday, Ammar highlighted the importance of the EU’s support in combating illegal immigration. He stated that Tunisia required more EU funding to strengthen its border control and to create conditions for better living and employment opportunities for its people.
As a country with a struggling economy and high levels of unemployment, Tunisia is experiencing a large number of young people emigrating illegally in search of better opportunities. However, this has led to significant challenges, including the exploitation of these individuals by human traffickers and security risks to both Tunisia and its neighboring countries.
Ammar emphasized that Tunisia had already started implementing measures to tackle illegal immigration, such as working closely with civil society organizations, and providing job opportunities for the youth. However, without the support of the EU, these efforts might not be enough to solve the problem.
“The EU must show its solidarity with Tunisia by supporting our efforts to combat this problem. We need more resources and expertise to secure our borders, and we need the EU to provide more opportunities for legal migration,” said Ammar.
The EU has already provided funding to Tunisia to help the country strengthen its immigration management capacity, but Ammar stated that more support is necessary to address the root causes of the issue.
The plea by Tunisia for EU solidarity is a reminder that the issue of illegal immigration is a complex problem that requires joint efforts from both African countries and the EU. By working together, they can find lasting solutions that will benefit both nations and help reduce the risks of illegal immigration.