Some 5,300 work permits were granted in 2012 to foreigners wishing to work in Tunisia, said the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment.
These permits involve in particular managers, dealers, officials seconded to companies through technical cooperation agreements, representatives of non-resident travel agencies and banking and financial institutions and oil companies and athletes, according to a ministry statement.
Among the beneficiaries of these permits, the French came first with 1,200 permits. They are followed by Italians (750 permits), Moroccans (700 permits), and finally the Americans who came last with 52 permits.
Until last October, work permits involved other nationalities including Libyans, Algerians, Turks and Egyptians.