07:06 GMT24 January 2021
Listen Live
    Europe
    Get short URL
    0 10
    Subscribe

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Brussels and Tunis on Tuesday signed an agreement aimed at facilitating the deportation of undocumented Tunisian migrants, Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken said.

    Francken welcomed the new agreement on Twitter, pointing out that it was preceded by a similar deal with Morocco.

    According to media reports, Francken and his Tunisian counterpart Adel Jarboui signed the agreement in Tunis earlier in the day.

    READ MORE: 4 EU States to Boycott EU Talks as Brussels Rejects 'Gitmo for Illegal Migrants'

    Under the new deal, Tunisia agrees to identify migrants within 45 days. The Belgian authorities cannot keep migrants in closed centers longer than eight months, and until now Tunisian authorities' processing times often exceeded this limit.

    At the moment, there are reportedly 123 undocumented Tunisians in Belgium's detention facilities.

    Related:

    Italian Deputy PM Demands EU Border Protection 'Before Taking a Single Migrant'
    European Journalist Doubts EU Migrant Deal Will Solve Migrant Crisis
    Members of EU Parliament Slam Summit on Migration for Lack of ‘Concrete’ Results
    Tags:
    migrants, Tunisia, Belgium
    Community standardsDiscussion