Tunisia

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Country Facts

DRC present since:

2011

Staff on location:

20

Displacement Situation 

Although Tunisia is often presented as an Arab Spring success story in terms of democratic change, many of the political, social and economic grievances that existed before the ‘Jasmine Revolution of 2011 persist.  

Tunisia is both a transit and destination country for migrants and refugees, and arrival numbers have increased significantly in recent years. A large majority transit through Libya into Medenine Governorate in Tunisia’s south, where conflict, violence and border policy contributes to increased fragility among migrants.  

Protection issues among migrants include access to legal documentation, access to livelihood opportunities, access to education, and exclusion from their surrounding environment. Abusive smuggling practices and trafficking are key concerns, especially in the Libyan/Tunisian borderlands. Without adequate protection, migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers in Tunisia are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.  

The growth of extremist groups in Tunisia, particularly in Kasserine Governorate, is another important feature of post-revolution society, and these groups represent a serious threat to domestic security, as seen in the 2015 suicide attacks in Tunis and Sousse. 

DRC Response 

DRC has been working in Tunisia since 2011 as part of a coordinated Libya-Tunisia program responding to regional instability following the Arab Spring revolutions. From 2011-2013, DRC provided a large range of services to third-country refugees fleeing persecution in neighbouring Libya; most of these refugees have since been resettled in the USA, Canada and Germany.  

In 2014, DRC returned to Tunisia through the Danish Demining Group (DDG), a specialist unit within DRC that seeks to protect communities through the reduction of risks associated with weapons and armed violence. In early 2018, DDG expanded operations into the neighboring Libyan cities of Zuwara, Nalut, and Wazin, promoting holistic border management. To that end, DDG has established Conflict Management Committees (CMCs) in each town. These committees prevent violence and increase border region stability through expanded cross-border exchange and conflict management.

Contact

James Curtis

Regional Director

[email protected]

Snapshots

Getting back to school in the borderland areas of southern Tunisia

In southern Tunisia, schools in refugee hosting communities in the borderland areas of Dhehiba, Benguerdene and Medenine are preparing for children to return to school after having been closed due to Covid-19. As DRC is already delivering a Violence Prevention project along the borders, we are also keen to assist hosting communities and relevant authorities in the overall efforts to secure a safe learning environment for the children in these challenging pandemic times. DRC is, therefore, providing PPE equipment, thermometers and sanitation supplies to four schools as well as white boards, markers, notebooks and pens, which will provide for a fresh start for the pupils, which include refugee children.

Getting back to school in the borderland areas of southern Tunisia

In southern Tunisia, schools in refugee hosting communities in the borderland areas of Dhehiba, Benguerdene and Medenine are preparing for children to return to school after having been closed due to Covid-19. As DRC is already delivering a Violence Prevention project along the borders, we are also keen to assist hosting communities and relevant authorities in the overall efforts to secure a safe learning environment for the children in these challenging pandemic times. DRC is, therefore, providing PPE equipment, thermometers and sanitation supplies to four schools as well as white boards, markers, notebooks and pens, which will provide for a fresh start for the pupils, which include refugee children.

Spapshot Tunisia 13.11.2020