Promoting employment in Tunisia
Tunisia's economic situation is fraught and its unemployment rate high. Today almost one fifth of all women and a third of all university graduates in this North African country are out of work – in spite of the skills shortages bemoaned in many sectors. This difficult situation on the job market is driving people, and those from the country’s structurally underdeveloped regions in particular, up into the coastal cities in the North or straight overseas. In the hope of finding work in Europe, many of them undertake the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with business and civil society, GIZ is assisting young people in Tunisia to build up their long-term career prospects. Work focuses on making those jobs with high employment potential more attractive and on aligning basic and further training with the needs of business and industry. It also promotes start-ups.