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Tunisia offers college lodgings, scholarships to back Palestinian students

Published : 25 Oct 2023, 02:00

  DF News Desk
People conduct rescue work after Israeli airstrikes in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, Oct. 24, 2023. Photo: Xinhua by Rizek Abdeljawad.

The Tunisian government announced Tuesday a series of measures to support Palestinian students in Tunisian colleges through a difficult time for their country, reported Xinhua.

"Tunisian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Moncef Boukthir decided to grant Palestinian students who are registered in the various public establishments of higher education in our country, for the 2023-2024 academic year, accommodation in hostels and university cities," said a statement by his ministry.

The ministry also decided to extend university scholarships to students enrolled in professional master's programs, said the statement, adding that Tunisian universities are directed to monitor and provide the necessary psychological support for Palestinian students.

The ministry reiterated its call for people from the educational sector to donate for the brotherly Palestinian people, including students, in coordination with the Tunisian Red Crescent.

Israel have launched massive airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after a surprising Hamas attack on Israeli military targets and towns on Oct. 7. Since then, the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict has killed nearly 5,800 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and more than 1,400 people in Israel.

Norway boosts measures to cope with wave of Ukrainian refugees

The Norwegian government is taking new measures to help the rising number of Ukrainian refugees to the country find housing and employment, it said on Tuesday, reported Xinhua.

"After the summer, arrivals (of Ukrainians) to Norway have increased, and in the last eight weeks more have arrived here than to the other Nordic countries combined," said Emilie Enger Mehl, Norway's minister of justice and public security.

More than 65,000 displaced Ukrainians have sought refuge in Norway since the onset of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2022, with 29,000 arriving this year alone. This has strained resources in municipalities, particularly in areas such as housing, language training, and services, said Mehl.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration now plans to open an additional 2,000 to 3,000 reception places, she said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Tonje Brenna underlined that 542 displaced Ukrainians had found work in September.

Ukrainians with previous upper secondary education must also be offered at least 15 hours of work-oriented elements per week as part of the introductory program, she added, and a digital system for Norwegian language education has been proposed by the government.