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Tunisian Workers Returning to Libya

April 2013 

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According to a recent study from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), about 70% of Tunisian workers who left Libya after the revolution want to come back to the country.

Commenting on a report published on March 30, AfDB Regional Director Jacob Kolster said that “Libya has great potential as a country for absorbing Tunisian skilled and unskilled labour.” In fact, reports indicate that many of those who made the move were able to reclaim their previous jobs.

The AfDB’s principal economist for Tunisia, Emanuele Santi, confirmed to Magharebia that Libya provided a viable solution for job-hunters across the border. “The Libyan labour market offers a job-creating potential in both quantitative and qualitative terms, and this market remains largely open for Tunisian workers,”Santi said.

The AdDB economist added: “This labour migration represents a strategic axis for Tunisia in the fight against unemployment.”

According to the report most returnees from Libya are said to be married men with low levels of education and professional qualifications.

The study recommended establishing a Tunisian inter-ministerial committee dedicated to the Libyan labour market to optimise existing agreements and establish a procedural framework to improve labour convergence between Tunisia and Libya.

The recommendations also focused on the need to guide and follow up on Tunisian workers who are willing to migrate to Libya, implement efficient measures to prevent irregular migration and facilitate the return of Tunisian migrants in a sustainable development perspective.

Last year, Tunisia and Libya agreed to facilitate the movement of Tunisians who seek jobs in the public and private sectors in Libya.

At a conference on Tunisia’s national migration policy in December last year, Tunisia’s former immigration minister Houcine El Jaziri said that for many Tunisians, travel to Libya is the only way to eke out a living.

Source: Tripoli Post 

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