Tunisia has recently made significant strides in combating illegal migration attempts, with authorities successfully halting 426 such attempts in just a span of 13 days.
According to a statement released by the Administration of the National Guard Units on Facebook, these operations took place between September 15th and 28th.
Of the 7,756 individuals detained after crossing the borders, 4,174 had crossed the ground borders, whereas 2,595 had crossed the maritime borders. The statement further revealed that out of the 2,595 migrants who crossed the maritime borders, 987 were Tunisian nationals, while the majority of those who crossed the ground borders were of African descent.
Efforts to stop illegal migration involved the interception of boats used for transporting illegal migrants. Tens of boats were seized, while others were damaged to prevent their further use. Additionally, vehicles, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles, were also seized and damaged, as they had been utilized in the illegal transportation of migrants.
Furthermore, 5,596 foreigners were prevented from entering Tunisia during the same period to safeguard the integrity of Tunisia’s borders. These actions highlight Tunisia’s commitment to preserve its borders and ensure the safety and security of its citizens.
It is worth noting that earlier this month, the European Commission announced the allocation of €127 million in aid for Tunisia. This aid comes as part of a broader understanding aimed at supporting Tunisia in its efforts to combat illegal migration.
The financial support provided by the European Union demonstrates the international community’s recognition of Tunisia’s efforts and its commitment to assisting the nation in addressing this pressing issue.
Tunisia’s success in halting a significant number of illegal migration attempts in such a short period of time is commendable. These efforts underscore the country’s dedication to combating illegal migration and preserving its borders. By seizing boats, damaging vehicles, and detaining individuals involved in illegal migration, Tunisia has sent a clear message that it will not tolerate such activities.