Tunisia’s Cooperation on Readmission with the EU Member States: Drivers and Implications

14 March 2012. From 18:30 | Conference | IEMed, Barcelona

How does the Arab Spring influence migration processes, the readmission of immigrants and respect for human rights in the Mediterranean?

Jean-Pierre Cassarino, a researcher at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies and director of the Return Migration and Development Platform at the European University Institute in Florence, addresses these issues at the first conference of a new cycle on migration organized by the IEMed.

In the case of Tunisia, the agreements that this country has signed with EU members during the twentieth century have been fully implemented, especially with regard to the conditions for reciprocity.

The key issue for Cassarino is the documentation process and the costs involved, both for the host countries and for the countries of origin. The researcher highlights several criteria introduced in the treaties that generate a great deal of controversy due to their ambiguity and scope for interpretation.

Cassarino emphasizes that the new government of Tunisia is taking very important steps in migration issues through the unification of processes in a single ministerial voice, on the one hand, and the recognition of a significant number of Tunisian citizens missing in migration processes, on the other.


Andreu Bassols

Andreu Bassols

General Director IEMed
Jean-Pierre Cassarino

Jean-Pierre Cassarino

Professor European University Institute



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