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Israel Has Cancelled A Controversial Plan To Deport African Migrants To An Unnamed African Country

Discussion in 'Foreign Affairs, Topics' started by Admin, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Admin

    Admin Administrator

    Netanyahu in January announced the implementation of a programme to remove migrants who entered illegally, giving them a choice between leaving voluntarily or facing indefinite imprisonment with eventual forced expulsion.

    According to interior ministry figures, there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, half of them children, women or men with families, who are not facing immediate deportation.

    They are mainly Sudanese and Eritrean.

    As the migrants could face danger or imprisonment if returned to their homelands, Israel offered to relocate them to an unnamed African country, which deportees and aid workers said was Rwanda or Uganda.

    The statement on Monday said the new plan meant there was no longer a need to send migrants to unnamed third countries.

    The plans had drawn sharp criticism from the United Nations refugee agency as well as from some Israelis and rights activists.

    The migrants' presence in Israel has become a political issue, with Netanyahu referring to them as "not refugees but illegal infiltrators".

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  2. nwanzabekee

    nwanzabekee Well-known Member

    Good decision by the Iraeli government. No need to punish migrants unnecessarily.