TUNIS, KOMPAS.com - Italian and European Union officials vowed to offer development support in employment creation to stem the flow of Tunisian migrants entering Europe.
By offering support for Tunisian development, the EU strives to keep young Tunisians from fleeing the North African country.
Europe has witnessed increased migrant flow entering its territory, particularly Tunisian migrants, in the past year.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio shared Italy’s readiness to extend aid, notably for youth programs, according to the Tunisian President’s Office.
Luigi Di Maio reaffirmed that illegal migrants making it to Italy would be sent back.
Italy and Tunisia have a repatriation agreement and it is this deal that Italy is counting on to help slow migrant flow from the North African country.
The number of migrants leaving Tunisia has grown as much as five-fold this year compared to last year reaching a total of about 5,700 people, according to estimates from the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights, an aid group following migration flows.
More migrants landing in Italy now come from Tunisia than from neighboring lawless Libya, according to Italian government figures released Saturday.