One year after launching our call for solidarity boats for migrants of the Mediterranean, we are now ready to sail! Gathered around the idea of going at sea to control immigration control, we, 17 organizations in seven different countries have joined to make this ambitious project true and start a first mission at sea.
Monday, May the 14th , 2012
3000 refugees have been surviving out of sight for over a year in the Choucha camp. Today, they call for a solution to their situation. Some are refugees whose status hasn't been recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Others are recognized refugees but for whom resettlement in another country is refused. They claim the impossibility for them to return to their country. In the short term, they are constrained to stay in Tunisia irregularly or to return to Libya.
In 2011, Tunisia hosted hundreds of thousands of people. Part of them transitted through the Shousha camp. Since then, arrivals have ceased and refugees are forgotten. 2747 people are now recognized as refugees, 273 were dismissed, 156 are awaiting registration and 156 more have a pending application. These figures appear ridiculous compared to the number of people received in 2011 by Tunisia and to the possibilities of other States to welcome refugees.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux
(Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights)
Thursday night (April 19, 2012) both parents of a missing harraga set themselves on fire, in the neighborhood of El Kabaria in Tunis.
In March 2011, the chaos in Libya forced thousands of migrants to flee the country to escape violence. Amongst them were 72 people of Ethiopian, Eritrean, Nigerian, Ghanaian and Sudanese origin who boarded a dinghy bound for Italy during the early hours of 27 March. A few hours after their departure, a French patrol plane flew over their boat and informed the Italian coastguards of its location. The migrants’ voyage soon turned into a nightmare.