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Tunisia struggles to host migrants saved at sea

Tunisia struggles to host migrants saved at sea

Surrounded by other people’s belongings piled high on b, Georgie Ndab wants to leave Tunisia‘s only migrant center and take her baby to Europe.

The facility is the only one in Tunisia to host migrants who reached the country illegally, either being picked up by authorities near Libya or in waters off the country‘s coast.

While Tunisia is striving to manage its migrant population, the European Union has suggested that the country could play host to a “disembarkation platform” to process those who have been rescued at sea.

When it comes to those who have entered Tunisia illegally with the aim of travelling onwards to Europe, the United Nation’s migration agency said the country is ill-equipped to manage these arrivals.

At the Red Crescent center, residents have 60 days to decide whether to voluntarily return to their home countries or to stay in Tunisia.

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