On 28 September, a new space dedicated to the reintegration of Tunisian returnees was inaugurated in Bizerte, within the framework of the Tounesna PAD support project.
This project is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and implemented by the French Office for Immigration and Integration in Tunisia.
What is the Tounesna scheme?
The scheme provides support and follow-up for Tunisian migrants returning to their country. The aim is to facilitate access to their social and economic rights as well as the possibility, for eligible migrants returning from European partner countries of the Scheme, to benefit from some reintegration assistance.
The “Tounesna” scheme was set up by the Office of Tunisians Abroad (Office des Tunisiens à l’Etranger – OTE) thanks to the support of the “ProGreS Migration Tunisie” programme financed by the Emergency Trust Fund.
What assistance does the OFII provide?
Within the framework of its partnership with the Tounesna scheme, the OFII provides technical and financial assistance to migrants returning from France or another European country or a third country (transit country), to help them resettle permanently in Tunisia.
The reintegration assistance allocated by the OFII is subject to eligibility criteria and depends on the availability of funds from the programmes that finance this assistance.
Depending on the needs and profiles of the identified beneficiaries, this assistance may include:
– social reintegration assistance,
– reintegration assistance through employment,
– reintegration assistance through the creation of a business.
A commitment contract is signed by the migrant for each assistance granted.
The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of the Director General of the Office of Tunisians Abroad (OTE), Mr MANSOURI Mohamed, the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tunisia, Ms VOLMER Sophie, the First Delegate of the Governorate of Bizerte, Mr KHORCHANI Habib, the Director General of the National Agency for Employment and Self-Employment (ANETI), Ms BOUSOFFARA Férihane, and the Director of the OFII representation in Tunisia, Ms KAPUSCIAK Sophie.