The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights revealed that more than 13,500 Tunisian migrants reached illegally Italian coasts in the past four years.
The President of the forum, Massoud Romdhani said that from January to the end of November in 2018, the number of irregular migrants exceeded 6,000, against 569 in 2015. He said that 67 % of the people who left the Tunisian territory in a non-regulatory way were between the age of 20 and 30 years old and most of them were unemployed or in precarious jobs.
Some 6,151 Tunisian migrants were held in Italian detention centres, representing 89 % of the total number of migrants arrested by the Italian authorities in 2017, Romdhani said.
He placed emphasis on the importance of mobilizing sociologists and psychologists to examine ways of getting young people out of despair while calling on politicians to create mechanisms that can help re-establish their confidence in a better future in the country.