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More than 2,000 Tunisian Minors have Reached Italy Illegally since January 2022

The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) said a total of 10,139 Tunisians, including 498 women, have been able to reach the Italian coast since the beginning of the year, said the FTDS in a statement. On the other hand, more than 14,700 irregular migrants, including several Sub-Saharans, were intercepted and prevented from continuing their crossing and 443 died while others went missing during the same period, according to the source. Over the weekend in mid-August, more than 650 would-be exiles, including hundreds of Tunisians, were intercepted by the coast guard, according to the same source. In spring and summer, with the help of milder weather, attempts to emigrate illegally from Tunisia and Libya to Europe tend to increase. Italy, whose coastline is only 200 km from the Tunisian coastline, is one of the main entry points for migrants from North Africa. According to the European agency Frontex, the central Mediterranean route was used by more than 42,500 migrants between January and July, 44% more than in the first seven months of 2021. The NGO also condemned “the inhumane policies of the European Union that restrict freedom of movement. Tunisia, which is going through a serious political and economic crisis, now has four million poor people.