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76 Tunisian and Libyan nationals are returned to Senegal.



The government of Senegal announced on Friday that it has repatriated 76 of its nationals from Libya and Tunisia, making it the most recent nation to do so in response to the Tunisian president’s tirade against sub-Saharan migrants.

Violence against people from sub-Saharan Africa increased when Oresudebt Kais Saied claimed in a speech on February 21 that “hordes” of illegal immigrants were a threat to Tunisia’s security.


Insisting without providing any supporting proof that “a criminal scheme” was afoot “to change Tunisia’s demographic makeup,” he instructed officials to take swift action against unauthorized migration.

The estimated 21,000 sub-Saharan African migrants who currently reside in Tunisia have reported physical assaults, police stops, and the loss of their jobs and homes.


Hundreds of Africans sought help from their embassies. To track down potential returnees, the Senegalese government established a crisis squad and a register.

76 of the 172 Senegalese people who were formally registered in Tunisia and Libya were repatriated on an Air Senegal flight on Thursday, according to a statement released by the foreign ministry on Friday and shared on social media.


It didn’t say how many people had come from each nation or why the administration had sent citizens back to Libya.

With Moamer Kadhafi’s overthrow in 2011 after 42 years in power, Libya has been stuck in a complicated political situation.


Returned citizens from Tunisia include those from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Ivory Coast in West Africa.

Senegal, in contrast to some of its neighbors, has kept quiet about the repatriation flight.


A protest planned for March 4 at the Tunisian embassy in the nation’s capital Dakar was suppressed by authorities.

On March 10, Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, tweeted that he had met with the leader of Tunisia that day.


He remarked, “We spoke about matters of shared interest. “In light of the circumstances, I appreciated the calming actions he performed.”


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