The EU is aware of the situation in Choucha and the very difficult living conditions and uncertain legal situation of the people living there. The EU has been active through both its diplomatic contacts and financial assistance to help find solutions for vulnerable people lacking sufficient protection in Tunisia.
The EU has been consistently encouraging the Tunisian government to adopt a legal framework providing for the protection of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in the framework of its political dialogue as well as in successive ENP(1) progress reports(2). The EU also provides financing and technical assistance to assist Tunisia’s ongoing efforts in this area via various projects funded under EU instruments.
Close coordination on this specific issue is assured with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and EU implementing partners, which have helped people return to their countries and resettled others since the camp’s closure and, actively work on solutions for the remaining people. The EU, along with some Member States, supports non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and relevant organisations — the IOM and the Red Cross — also through regional initiatives such as the ‘START’ project (Stabilising at-risk communities and enhancing migration management to enable smooth transitions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya) and the newly launched Regional Development and Protection Programme.
The situation of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in Tunisia and across the region remains a major concern for the EU. Areas of further EU assistance, within the framework of the Valletta Conference on Migration held in November 2015, are under identification under the North Africa window of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.