After the racist and inflammatory speech against migrants from sub-Saharan Africa by Tunisian President Kais Saied on February 21, 2023, their situation in Tunisia has been worsening rapidly, having reached a very disturbing scenario. Mobs and physical assaults have been pushing people to flee in very dangerous conditions. Seven organizations of our consortium and other migrants solidarity networks and civil SAR have signed a statement published on 17th April, presenting evidence that Tunisia is neither a safe country of origin nor a place of safety for those rescued at sea. It is important for decision-makers to understand that discourse and policies that are not based on evidence only contributes to an ever more violent, more chaotic and inhumane migration governance. You can find the statement in different languages:
For testimonies of refugees in Tunisia on police violence and persecution, please see the following document from April 26th.