Migration: the key is in Tunisia

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Between January and July 2023, some 6,087 undocumented Tunisian migrants reached the Italian coast. This number is particularly significant considering that the migration trend tends to peak during the summer months due to more favorable weather conditions for sea crossings.

Therefore, it’s likely that a substantial portion of these arrivals occurred during the summer period.

The number of migrants to Italy has been increasing over the years from 2021 to 2023. In 2021, the number of migrants was 67,040. In 2022, the number increased to 103,846. This is an increase of approximately 55 per cent compared to 2021. In 2023, the number further increased to 155,754. This is an increase of approximately 50 per cent compared to 2022.

A crucial role is given to Tunisia due to its geographical location, which acts as a bridge between Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and Europe.

Indeed, the Italian government has recently made statements suggesting that the Wagner Group, a Russian government-funded paramilitary and private military company, is influencing the surge in migration from Tunisia to Italy.

It is likely that the rising number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean is part of “hybrid warfare” waged by Russia using mercenaries as proxies on countries supporting Ukraine. (Redazione)


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