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"Issue of refugees and migrants, not responsibility of Tunisian Republic alone" (Youssef Chahed)

Published the:  04/07/2019

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(TAP) – “The refugees and migrants issue is not the responsibility of the Tunisian Republic alone. All the countries must shoulder their responsibility,” Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said during a working session held on Wednesday in Zarzis (Medenine governorate).

He indicated in this regard, that he will call upon the Ministries of Foreign and Social Affairs, the Medenine governor and other stakeholders in the region to convene to examine this issue and to prepare adequately to avoid that the concernd governorate will be taken short by the influx of refugees and spare the country a difficult and unbearable situation.

This statement was made in response to a problem expressed by Medenine Mayor Moncef Ben Yamna and as part of the follow-up of the measures decided by Chahed for the region's benefit on March 2017.

These measures regard the situation of the large number of migrants in Medenine, that required the transfer of some of them to Zarzis, given the overloading of some spaces made available for them and to the fears expressed by the civil society components and several organisations that the Medenine governorate will be converted into a migrant reception centre