Tunisia's President Kais Saied has denied racism following an outcry against his remarks in which he said migrants were behind most crimes in the North African country.
Hundreds of nationals of Ivory Coast and Mali return home from Tunisia after President Kais Saied claimed refugees and migrants were behind most crime in the North African country, fuelling a spate of sackings, evictions and attacks.
At least five people have died and 10 others have been reported missing after a boat carrying migrants sank off the Tunisian coast as it tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.
African Union demanded a probe into the treatment of migrants and refugees at the Morocco-Spain land border after at least 23 died in the attempted crossing.
Six women and six children were among 13 sub-Saharan African migrants and asylum seekers found dead off the Tunisian coast after two vessels capsized while trying to make it to Italy.
The boat carrying the African migrants had been drifting for about a week in the Atlantic about 40 miles to the south of Gran Canaria, officials say.
The move comes after more than 6,000 migrants swam from the North African country into Spanish enclave of Ceuta, deepening a diplomatic spat between Rabat and Madrid.
At least 20 people have drowned in waters off Tunisia’s Sfax after a migrant boat capsized, with another 20 still missing.
The 73 migrants were picked up from a packed rubber dinghy drifting about 50 miles off Libya on Wednesday night.
AP investigation finds that African migrants are starved, raped and tortured in the Yemeni town of Ras Al Ara, which profits from human smuggling.
The boat sank 10 kilometres from the coastline near the city of Sfax, a member of the coastguard said. Rescue operations are continuing.
The International Organisation for Migration says that since the start of this year at least 560 migrants have died trying to get to Spain.
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