Israel cancels controversial plan to deport African migrants

By Editor on 03/04/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 534

Netanyahu
Netanyahu

ISRAEL announced Monday it had reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a new one that will see thousands sent to Western countries.

A minimum of 16,250 migrants will be resettled in unspecified Western nations under the agreement announced in a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office.

Netanyahu was to speak about the plan in an address later in the afternoon.

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 were 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.

They had initially been given a deadline of April 1, but Israel’s supreme court suspended the plan on March 15 while it continued to examine it.

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.

– ‘Shame’ –

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

Religious and conservative politicians have portrayed the presence of Muslim and Christian Africans as a threat to Israel’s Jewish character.

A group of residents of southern Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants have settled, immediately denounced the new plan in a statement, calling it “a shame for the state of Israel.”

Under the new five-year plan, Israel will “regulate” the status of those not being resettled — signalling they will be allowed to stay at least temporarily.

It also said a committee will be established to come up with a “rehabilitation plan” for southern Tel Aviv.

Migrants began entering Israel through what was then a porous Egyptian border in 2007. The border has since been strengthened, all but ending illegal crossings.

Holot, an open facility where inmates were free to leave during the day but had to return at night, was opened in 2013 with the aim of siphoning migrants away from the cities.

Israeli officials had said that no one they classify as a refugee or asylum-seeker would be deported, though the process of granting asylum has been criticised as extremely slow and biased against claims.

Only a handful of asylum claims have been approved in recent years.

Those opposed to the original plan included Holocaust survivors who say the country has a special duty to protect migrants. – AFP

Posted 03/04/2018 8:44:38 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Ekweremadu Knocks Presidential System

Enugu CP advocates vibrant community policing

2019: Contest and be disgraced – Fr. Mbaka...

Why we retained age requirements for Senate, Governorship...

Ekiti election fell short of global standards, say...

Saraki, Dogara move to save democracy, condemn illegal...

Archbishop Obinna can’t install APGA gov in 2019—Okorocha...

Swarm of bees follows car for 2 days...

Entire 34 Catholic bishops in Chile resign en-masse...

Melaye, 3 others charged with illegal possession of...

No peace until FG delists IPOB as terror...

2018 Budget: Fayose attacks Buhari for blaming National...

 

Latest News Saraki will be lawfully and democratically impeached – Oshiomhole 150 corrupt persons convicted in six months –Magu Buhari has destroyed Nigeria in three years - Charlie Boy Senators sue AGF, DSS, police for alleged plot to remove Saraki 2019: It’ll be Buhari/Osinbajo joint-ticket – Presidency Hold FG, APC responsible if democracy comes near harm —PDP PDP raises alarm over alleged plot to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu Gov Obiano’s aide found dead in his room EFCC slams President’s aide for linking it to Saraki APC endorses Buhari Campaign Organisation to takeover NASS if Saraki remains Senate President Boko Haram: Angry soldiers ground Borno Airport, threaten to shoot superiors over redeployment Gunmen ambush, kill 4 policemen in Kaduna

 

Most Read NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (6,465 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (4,736 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (4,594 views) IPOB: ‘We need urgent clarifications on Nnamdi Kanu’s status, whereabouts’, UK Govt tells FG (4,090 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (4,012 views) Ex-governor Adebayo, Keyamo, Arise, others get board appointments (3,346 views) Nigeria ripe for Restructuring Now – Nwodo in Chatham House (3,086 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (3,030 views) Quit notice: Kaduna Govt obtains bench warrant against Northern youths (3,013 views) Buhari has disappointed Nigerians – Arewa Youth Forum (3,013 views) Anambra: INEC releases 37 candidates for Nov poll (2,990 views) Chime not owner of Enugu Mall – Spar (2,503 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (365) EDITORIAL (5) POLITICS (318) SOCIETY (99) SPORTS (12) BUSINESS (182) HEALTH (16) EDUCATION (14) INTERNATIONAL (26) ENTERTAINMENT (7) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (8)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands