From January to May, Tunisia prevents 30,281 undocumented migrants from crossing Mediterranean

Tunisia thwarted attempts by around 30,281 undocumented migrants to reach Italy via the Mediterranean in the first five months of 2024, the Tunisian National Guard said on Tuesday.

‘During the same period, Tunisian Maritime Guard units thwarted 1,041 attempts to smuggle migrants to the Italian coast,’ the National Guard said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

It added that Sea Guard units also recovered 462 bodies of illegal migrants, including seven Tunisian nationals. Located in the central Mediterranean, Tunisia is one of the most popular transit points for illegal immigration to Europe. Despite the rigorous measures adopted by the Tunisian authorities, the number of illegal migrants heading for Italy is increasing.


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