Tunisia will take back migrants from Germany

  • Nikola Blokešová
  • 5.3.2017 23:38

On 3 March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi announced that Tunisia will take back 1,500 migrants rejected by Germany. According to this agreement, failed asylum seekers returning to Tunisia voluntarily can receive financial aid. The country will also receive 250 million euros to fund development projects and both countries plan to improve their cooperation on identification and issuing replacement travel documents as well.

Germany has been pursuing a repatriation agreement since December 2016, when a Tunisian migrant, who was denied asylum in Germany but was not allowed to go back to Tunisia due to administrative problems, committed a terror attack in Berlin. Resolving security issues and improving socio-economic situations in countries of origin is the European Union’s long-term strategy to deal with the migrant crisis - in January, a new program to improve the situation in Libya was introduced. A similar agreement between the EU and Egypt is being discussed, which would be aimed at helping the country financially in exchange for cooperation on migrant repatriation.

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