Tunisian authorities forcibly relocated them from Choucha to La Marsa’s youth center in June 2017. Nothing has changed 8 months later, and the 34 refugees, most of whose asylum requests were rejected, denounce the State’s neglect and competent organizations’ unwillingness to admit their own mistakes and reexamine the refugees’ claims for international protection. As far as the UNHCR is concerned, the files are closed. In the meantime, what were supposed to be temporary accommodations remain unchanged and living conditions are increasingly worrying. The wait also weighs on the employees of the youth center who, as reported in a press release by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), organized a sit-in on January 23 to denounce the authorities’ abandonment of the refugees.
With accommodations in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, nestled just between the French Ambassador’s residence and the interim headquarters of the French Embassy in Libya, these exiles might have hoped for improved living conditions after six years in a refugee camp in the desert. Instead, they have been reduced to survival and begging.