On ‘Safety’ and EU Externalization of Borders: Questioning the Role of Tunisia as a “Safe Country of Origin” and a “Safe Third Country”

Mariagiulia Giuffré, Chiara Denaro, Fatma Raach

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Abstract

This article questions whether Tunisia – a country of departure, transit and destination of migrants and refugees, and a key interlocutor in EU externalization and readmission policies – can be considered a “safe country of origin” for Tunisian nationals and a “safe third country” for foreigners in search of protection. In discussing the rapidly evolving domestic legal and political system and the treatment of minorities, vulnerable groups, and refugees in Tunisia, this article adopts a socio-legal perspective also relying on interviews with key stakeholders. Finally, it proposes a reflection on the main (conceptual and empirical) elements of continuity between the “safe country of origin” notion and the “safe third country” one, by highlighting their deep relationship, how they may mutually influence each other, and the need to reconnect various perspectives on safety, avoiding reproducing Eurocentric analytic approaches, interpretations, and narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-599
Number of pages30
JournalEuropean Journal of Migration and Law
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Law
  • Demography

Research Centres

  • International Justice and Human Rights Research Centre

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