Tunisia expels hundreds of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa amid crackdown

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Tunisian authorities expelled hundreds of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa from the port of Sfax on Sunday after they were forced from their homes during unrest in July, a rights group said.

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“Security forces on Sunday evacuated a square where some 500 people migrants were gathered in the center of Sfax,” Romdane Ben Amor, spokesperson for the non-governmental organization FTDES, told AFP.

He said the migrants were “dispersed in small groups to rural areas and other towns.”

Since Saturday, the authorities Tunisia have cracked down on illegal migrants, most of whom come from sub-Saharan African countries.

According to the authorities, around 200 migrants “who were preparing to make the clandestine boat crossing” to Europe have been arrested.

Tunisia is a major gateway for migrants and asylum seekers who attempt perilous sea journeys in the hope of a better life in the country. European Union.

Racial tensions erupted in Sfax, Tunisia’s second city, after the July 3 killing of a Tunisian following an altercation with migrants.

Humanitarian sources say at least 2,000 sub-Saharan Africans have been expelled or forcibly transferred by Tunisian security forces to desert regions bordering Libya and Algeria.

Xenophobic attacks targeting of black African migrants and students increased after a inflammatory speech in February by the president Kaïs Saïed.

He said “hordes” of illegal migrants were causing crime and posing a demographic threat to the predominantly Arab North African country.

Hundreds of migrants lost their jobs and homes after his remarks.

At least 27 people died and 73 others were missing after being expelled to desert areas bordering Libya in July.

(AFP)

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