The EU and Tunisia are working on an agreement on financial assistance in exchange for Tunisia preventing migrants from going to Europe. The EU is also talking to Libya.
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson commented on the talks with the two North African countries in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
Together with Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, she will travel to Tunisia on Thursday.
Italy has asked the EU for help in dealing with the growing number of migrants and refugees coming to the country, mainly from Tunisia and Libya.
“The goal is an agreement that can help the country out of the serious economic crisis after the pandemic and give them resources to fight human trafficking,” Johansson said. She hopes an agreement can be ready by the end of the year.
“The EU will make funds available to support the economy, investments, and employment, while the Tunisian authorities will work to gain control of the borders, take back their own citizens who have traveled to Europe, and return foreigners who are not refugees,” she explained.
She said the EU is also in talks with the Libyan government and Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah about a new agreement on migration from the North African country.
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