EU offers Tunisia more aid _ for help on migrants

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Posted: Apr 12, 2011 10:30 AM
EU offers Tunisia more aid _ for help on migrants

The EU Commission president has conditioned an increase in financial aid for this North African country in return for more action to prevent migrants from leaving its shores.

Jose Manuel Barroso says the European bloc is considering up to euro140 million ($200 million) in extra aid for Tunisia _ or more than a 50-percent increase from the planned outlay from now until 2013.

Some 20,000 migrants _ mostly Tunisians _ have arrived in the Italian island of Lampedusa since upheaval began sweeping across the Arab world this year.

Barroso said Tuesday the EU wants "strong and clear action" from the Tunisian government by readmitting Tunisians who have arrived illegally in Europe.

Barroso said EU is ready to help with extra means "but we also need Tunisian authorities to do more."