Lack of basic service to African migrants, refugees challenges Tunisian gov't

EYEAFRICA TV: Tunis, Tunisia: The lack of basic services to African migrants and refugees, such as the schooling of their children, have become big challenges faced by the Tunisian government.
Tunisia has had a significant migratory flow since 2011 from Libya and the north African state has also turned into a host country for sub-Saharans, according to information learned recently from the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights.
“Libyan and African children in general are facing many difficulties, especially in terms of access to education. Forty percent of these children have joined private education institutions, but the rest do not have access to any education,” said Romdhane Ben Amor, communication officer at the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights.
A large number of children from migrant families have been deprived of schooling because of the material conditions of the parents and the inability to integrate into society.
“The 1968 law in the Tunisian Constitution recognizes political asylum but does not take into consideration the development in the past five decades. The situation was different in 2019 with the incessant flow of migrants and refugees,” said Blamassi Toure, a member with the Association for Leadership and Development in Africa.
Jamila Debech Ksiksi is a fierce defender of human rights. She is one of the most active Tunisian and African parliamentarians, who are pushing for the adoption of a modern legislation to give more rights to African migrants and refugees.
“The number of migrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise. Current laws do not meet the needs of these vulnerable populations. Our role is to improve the situation on the local and continental levels,” said Ksiksi.
The migration department of the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights has denounced violations of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Tunisia.
The forum considered that in the absence of a national legislative framework on asylum, asylum seekers and refugees in Tunisia are placed under the protection of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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