Over 1,300 migrants dead or missing off Tunisia in 2023- NGO

More than 1,300 irregular migrants died at sea or went missing trying to reach Europe from Tunisia in 2023, a Tunisian rights group said on Tuesday.

Islem Ghaarbi, a migration expert at the Tunisian Forum for Social and Economic Rights, told a press conference that “1,313 people died or disappeared off the Tunisian coast, a figure never reached in Tunisia”.

Ghaarbi said at least two thirds of the migrants came from sub-Saharan Africa.

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