Tunisia: Migration Challenge Drives Italy’s Rallying of Economic Support

by | Mar 4, 2023 | Diplomacy, Economic, Political, Tunisia


On 27 February 2023, Tunisia’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nabil Ammar, spoke on the phone with his Italian counterpart, Antonio Tajani, who has been working to garner support for a financial rescue of the Tunisian economy.

Italy continues to take a leadership role in searching for economic solutions for Tunisia as the country bears the brunt of irregular migration arrivals from North Africa. Tajani emphasized Tunisia’s central role in stabilizing the Mediterranean region and noted the importance of Tunisia’s respect for human rights and peaceful democratic transition as essential pieces of broader regional stability.


Italy remains highly invested in Tunisia’s stability, particularly the country’s ability to stem the flow of irregular migrants to the European Union. While Italy has a pragmatic motivation, there is an acknowledgment that long-term economic stability in North Africa will underpin an overall reduction in irregular migrant flows. Even as Tunisia explores options for economic support with Qatar and others, the most likely solution to the economic crisis in the short term is through IMF financing.


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