30 March 2011
EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström is in Tunisia together with Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle to assess the refugee situation, see how the EU can assist in carrying out Tunisian reforms, and discuss possible future cooperation on migration and mobility.
"This visit is an immediate follow-up to the request by the European Council to explore the possibility of enhancing people-to-people contacts and of working together with the countries of the Southern Neighbourhood region to better manage migration and mobility. We will assure Tunisia that the EU will continue its support by providing assistance to those who fled the fighting in Libya", said Cecilia Malmström.
During the two day long visit (30-31 March), Commissioner Malmström will visit refugee camps on the Tunisian border to Libya in Ras Jdir and have discussions with humanitarian actors on the ground. On the agenda are also meetings with the Tunisian government, UNHCR, IOM, representatives of NGOs and political parties. Read the joint statement from Commissioners Malmström and Füle ahead of their trip and read more on Cecilia Malmström's blog.