Tunisia and Italy to open migration ‘hotline’
A hotline would be established between Rome and Tunis to counter irregular migration amid a spike in arrivals at Italy’s Lampedusa island, Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said this Thursday in Tunis. Lamorgese is on a visit to Tunis with the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson. The European Commissioner offered economic support to the North African nation, which is struggling to pay its debts, in return for tougher efforts to stop migrants coming into Europe. Tunis confirmed its “willingness to activate immediately a ‘dedicated hotline’ for the exchange of information” about illegal departures from Tunisia, the Italian minister said, after a meeting with Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, who is also serving as interim interior minister (source: Africanews).