Population: 11 403 248
NFP: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Involvement: Since 2006

The main migration policy instruments in Tunisia:

Non-exhaustive list of key policy documents in the area of migration:

  • 1989: Ratification of the 1969 AU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa.
  • 1957/1968: Ratification of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
  • 1968: Decree No. 68/198 of 22 June 1968, regulating the entry and stay of foreigners in Tunisia.
  • 2003: Ratification of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and the 2000 Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants.
  • 2016: Organic Law No. 2016/61 of 3 August 2016 on preventing and combating trafficking in persons.
  • 2017: Organic Law No. 2017/45 of 7 June 2017, amending and supplementing Law No. 75/40 of 14 May 1975 on passports and travel documents.

The main ministries in charge of migration affairs: 

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: focal point for international cooperation on migration issues; consular services for Tunisians abroad.
  • Ministry of the Interior: Emigration and immigration issues.
  • Ministry of Social Affairs: migration data (the National Migration Observatory is under the supervision of the Ministry); relations with the diaspora (Office des Tunisiens à l'Etranger).
  • Department of National Defence: irregular migration; trafficking in persons; border control (air and ground reconnaissance operations).


Last updated: November 2018