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E.g., 08/22/2017

Country Resource - Tunisia

Tunisia

TN
  • Population..........................................................................................11,134,588 (July 2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate ....................................................................................0.86% (2016 est.)
  • Birth rate..................................................................16.4 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
  • Death rate..............................................................6 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
  • Net migration rate........................................-1.7 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2016 est.)
  • Ethnic groups................................................Arab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1%

CIA World Factbook

With a history of encouraging workers to emigrate to relieve unemployment at home, Tunisia now has 11 percent of its population living abroad. The factors underlying the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring have also fueled emigration desires for many Tunisians. This country profile explores historical and current trends in Tunisia from colonial settlement to the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the new focus on migrant rights at home and abroad.

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With a history of encouraging workers to emigrate to relieve unemployment at home, Tunisia now has 11 percent of its population living abroad. The factors underlying the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring have also fueled emigration desires for many Tunisians. This country profile explores historical and current trends in Tunisia from colonial settlement to the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the new focus on migrant rights at home and abroad.

Since mid-December 2010, popular uprisings have taken hold in a number of countries across North Africa and the Middle East in what has been dubbed the Arab Spring. Philippe Fargues of the European University Institute discusses the demographic trends underpinning the recent eruption of unrest in the Arab world, and the likely impact of the revolts on migration.