The tragedy of irregular migrants trying to cross from Africa to Europe by boat in the hope of a better future is getting worse.
Tunisian Interior Minister Kamal Feki announced that 901 lifeless bodies have so far been recovered from the Mediterranean Sea, which is the grave of thousands of migrants.
In his speech in the parliament, Feki said that 36 of the 901 lifeless bodies recovered from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea are Tunisian, 267 are foreign citizens, and the identities of the others could not be determined.
He underlined that 15,327 people were rescued in the same period.
Stating that security efforts will lead to a decrease in these numbers, Feki emphasized that they will be more determined in protecting land borders in order to reduce the number of Africans who want to cross to Europe.
Tunisia, together with Libya, is considered one of the most important routes from Africa to Europe. These two countries are used not only by people from the African continent but also by people from Asian countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The European Union has pledged €900 million to Tunisia to prevent irregular crossings.