Tunisian city of Sfax becomes hub for migrant crossings to Italy

In Tunisia, the number of migrants leaving for Italy has increased since the start of the year. Coastguard officials in the southeastern Sfax region say there's been a 300 percent increase compared to 2022. The region has over 150 kilometres of coastline and Sfax is also the country's economic capital, but it's now become a hub for crossings for both Tunisians and migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. President Kais Saied's racially charged speech on February 21 targeting Black migrants has pushed more of them to attempt the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. Our correspondents report.

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