Number of illegal migrants arrested in Tunsian borders edges up by 446% | Tunisia News Gazette

Number of illegal migrants arrested in Tunsian borders edges up by 446%

In Tunisia, the number of illegal migrants arrested in borders in the first quarter of 2017 edged up by 446% compared to the same period in 2015, according to a report on illegal migration conducted by the Maghreb Migration Observatory stemming from the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) in collaboration with the Alternatives Forum in Morocco (FMAS).

According to this report conducted in the first quarter of 2017, a copy of which was received by TAP on Friday, the number of Tunisians arriving to Italy has dropped by 80%, from 136 in 2016 to 26 in 2017.

Contrary to the previous months, only 8% of all migrants embarked from Sfax and 30% from Bizerte. However, the highest rate was once again recorded in the governorate of Nabeul with 46%.

The report points out that illegal migration of sub-Saharan people from the Tunisian coasts in the first quarter of 2017 is a first compared to the previous years inso far as 14% of the total of migrants arrested in March 2017 are of sub-Saharan origin in spite of more restrictive migration policies in Tunisia.

Men represent the majority of migrants (95%) in the first quarter of 2017. However, the number of women attempting to emigrate from Tunisia has been increasing over the years with 55% Tunisian women and 45% from CAte d’Ivoire.

According to the same report, 29,369 migrants arrived in Europe by sea during the first quarter of 2017 against 172,062 in 2016, i.e. a 83% drop compared to the same period of last year.

Source: TAP News Agency

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