Tunisia: UGTT Calls for Strike in Zarzis as Frustration Grows Over Missing Migrants

by | Oct 19, 2022 | Economic, Security, Tunisia


On 18 October 2022, the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) called for a general strike in the southern coastal city of Zarzis as frustrated residents demand answers from local officials regarding 18 missing irregular migrants. Protestors demanded accountability and answers as the governor himself was chased out of his office. Frustration has continued to grow along with the pace of irregular migration, with this particular incident in Zarzis sparking controversy due to the belief amongst residents that the government mishandled the recovery and the interment of the deceased.


The frequency of irregular migration attempts is increasing as the sense of desperation with the country’s economic crisis deepens. The situation in Zarzis appears localized, in the sense that frustrations boiled over due to several specific issues with the local government’s actions. However, the ongoing demonstrations and anger from the public are reflections of the broader deterioration of trust in government and faith in the inclusivity of Tunisian economy.