Operation: Opération: Tunisia



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
100% of primary school-aged refugee and asylum-seeker children will be enrolled in primary education
100% of people of concern will have access to national primary health care
500 individuals from partners, including Government staff, will be trained through capacity building initiatives about refugees and asylum-seekers 
200 households will receive cash grants
90 vulnerable people will have their own business or be self-employed for at least 12 months
2016 end-year results
20 refugees obtained temporary residence permits after applying for residency, after they participated in UNHCR’s livelihood project to enhance employability of refugees and their self-reliance
8 refugees departed to third-countries (3 via resettlement and 5 via alternative pathways, notably private sponsorship)
6 refugees and asylum-seekers voluntarily returned to their home country, with UNHCR’s support

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 685
2015 757
2014 1,135


[["Refugees",649],["Asylum-seekers",33],["Others of concern",3]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

Some 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR in Tunisia, with a majority residing in urban centres. Like other countries in the subregion, Tunisia is characterized by mixed movements, with people arriving both by land and sea.
The working environment in Tunisia remains favourable. The 2014 Constitution refers to the right to asylum and protection against refoulement. Despite the political and socio-economic difficulties faced by Tunisia, UNHCR and Tunisian authorities are working toward adopting a national asylum law. UNHCR support and assistance to refugees, through direct financial assistance for the most vulnerable or through livelihood initiatives, continues to be needed.

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on strengthening the favourable protection environment and formalising the asylum space by:
  • Supporting the finalisation of the national asylum law;
  • Maintaining a positive public attitude towards refugees and asylum-seekers by developing communication campaigns and targeted material support to public facilities, such as schools, hospitals, reception centres;
  • Increasing the resilience of refugees through livelihood initiatives and by giving direct assistance to the most vulnerable.
To ensure Tunisia’s readiness in case of further deterioration of the situation in Libya and risk of mass influx, UNHCR will keep updating the contingency plan and support the preparedness activities of the authorities.
Mixed movements by sea and land are likely to continue, and therefore UNHCR will maintain its protection role and fosters cooperation with IOM and local actors, to identify and respond to the needs of persons in search of international protection.