Rutte to Tunisia for migration consultations, including Von der Leyen and Meloni

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Prime Minister Rutte visited colleague Meloni in Rome in March
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Prime Minister Mark Rutte will go to Tunisia on Sunday to talk about migration. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also participate in the conversation with Tunisian President Kais Saied.

The meeting is officially about “a broad partnership” between the European Union and Tunisia on economic cooperation, energy and migration.

Both in a European context and in the Netherlands, there has been talk for some time about possibilities to limit the number of migrants. In March, Rutte agreed with Meloni that they will work for deals with African countries. They already announced then that they are willing to travel to Africa together.

Meloni also in Tunisia on Tuesday

Meloni was also in Tunisia last Tuesday. Rutte said last week “there are signs that the illegal migrant flow from Tunisia to Malta and Italy is decreasing”.

Today there is also talks about migration at the EU level. The asylum ministers of the EU countries are discussing in Luxembourg, among other things, a new border procedure, which should apply to all asylum seekers who arrive without identity papers and to refugees who have little chance of asylum. Also on the agenda is the distribution of asylum seekers across European countries.

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