Segregation Politics vs. Freedom of Movement – The Consequences of the Closed EU External Border for North African Society Using the Example of Tunisia

Saturday, September 11th, 13.00-14.30, ASZ

Input – Riadh Ben Ammar

In the 1970s and 1980s, before the existence of the European Union, many people traveled back and forth between the North African coast and Southern Europe. The Mediterranean was divided between all of them. But today, the North African coast is blocked by the closed EU external border. This includes the 1200 km long Tunisian coastal strip. Since the existence of the visa regime, the visa has become a symbol of the closed EU external border. However, getting a visa in Tunisia and most other countries in the Global South is impossible for most people and denies the right to freedom of movement. What are the consequences of Tunisia’s current isolation for Tunisian society? Can a democracy function in such a closed space? What role does the neighboring EU play in Tunisia? What is the situation of people from North Africa who cross the EU’s external border and are now threatened with deportation?

About Riadh Ben Ammar

Riadh Ben Ammar came to Germany from Tunisia in the early 2000s. For a long time he was kept in a refugee camp in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He lives between Tunisia and Germany and is one of the founders of Afrique-Europe-Interact.
Riadh has been performing plays for many years. His first play “Hurria!” was about the Arab Spring in Tunisia and its connection to the demand for freedom of movement – in the meantime several plays have been added – most recently the play “The Trap” that Riadh is performing as part of the enough. Action Days.