Migration Matters: Tunisia And the European Debate

Indeed, despite all the spiels and hyena smiles, the trap set by the European extreme right for Tunisia is likely to cause irreparable harm both to Tunisia’s stability and to its international stature and its relations with its North African neighbors who will be called upon to align themselves with the “Tunisian precedent”.

A diplomacy with absent subscribers
For their part, the sub-Saharan countries, whose nationals will find themselves stranded in Tunisia, will end up making it assume responsibility for the failure of their development policy and the loss of the outlet and the safety valve represented by migration. towards Europe.

The weakness of Tunisian foreign policy on this issue goes beyond the Tunisian diplomatic apparatus, which is not yet ready to recover from the blows and the devastating effect of the purge and the calamitous governance under the Troika (the former government coalition that ruled the country between 2011 and 2021, Editor’s note) as well as the occult influence of Ennahdha under the subsequent consensus policy called “tawafoq” (consensus) but which was in reality hypocrisy and “tanafoq” (hypocrisy) of the worst kind.

The responsibility lies with all governmental, political and associative parties able to play a role in defending the rights of Tunisian migrants and those of Tunisia as a victim of the failure both of the countries of origin of these sub-Saharan migrants who have not been able to offer the conditions of stability and sedentary life to their citizens than countries of transit and in particular Libya and Algeria.

It must always be remembered that Tunisia has no common border with the sub-Saharan countries from which the migrants who flood it come and make it assume a heavy international responsibility while it is struggling to cope with an economic crisis of an exceptional seriousness.

The jurisdictional disputes between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is also supposed to be that of Migration and Tunisians Abroad, and the Ministry of Social Affairs, which is struggling to maintain its institutional income and appointments abroad despite its little obvious contribution to the well-being of Tunisians abroad, apart from a few obsolete mechanisms and occasional and summery posturing, is one of the reasons for the very insufficient effectiveness of Tunisian government action abroad.

A collective responsibility

For their part, the political parties whose number exceeds two hundred and the thousands of civil associations must assume their share of political and moral responsibility for not having been able to revive, within the various European political families, in particular the center, the left and the greens, the debate on the management of the migration issue. by asserting European responsibility for the failure of the international development policy with Africa and the abuses it may cause against the rights and dignity of migrants in the light of international and European human rights conventions the man.

While Germany, with all its political and economic weight in Europe, is ruled by a coalition led by the Social Democratic Party SPD and the German Foreign Ministry is headed by a Green Party official, both historically opposed to the policy of exclusion and stigmatization of the European extreme right, the Tunisian embassy in Berlin remained, despite all common sense, without a holder for nearly two years. Many other diplomatic and consular posts are still awaiting new holders.

More than ever, Tunisia needs a dynamic and concerted foreign policy between the various governmental, political and association stakeholders to defend the rights of Tunisians abroad who, even if they are in an irregular situation, do not remain no less citizens and human beings, as well as the higher interests of Tunisia to enable it to face the trap that is set for it and the blackmail to which it is slyly subjected by a xenophobic, selfish and fundamentally racist extreme right in spite of artifices of language and lip service denials that do not deceive anyone, at least those with an average intelligence.

My experience as ambassador in Berlin just after the post-revolution migratory wave and the succession of deadly attacks committed by Tunisians in Nice (July 14, 2016) and Berlin (December 19, 2016) allowed me to measure the interest to rekindle the debate between the various political currents on the question of irregular migration and the contribution that the parties of the left and the greens can offer to calm the ardor of the extreme right and the xenophobic temptation likely to be exacerbated in the within the parties of the center and the traditional right.

While it is commonly accepted that the absent are always wrong, it is unfortunately difficult to detect signs of a sufficiently visible and audible Tunisian presence in the political debate in Europe on the migration issue.

This article is originally published on kapitalis.com


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