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  • November 13, 2012

    1,000 African migrants leave Israel willingly

    Officials say more Sudanese, Eritrean infiltrators leaving Israel due to fear of incarceration, trouble finding work

    Itamar Eichner, YNET

    More than 1,000 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants have voluntarily left Israel over the past two months, according to data released by the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority.

    A source who is familiar with the issue told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that the trend is likely to grow.

    Some 36,000 Eritreans and about 15,000 north Sudanese migrants have infiltrated Israel over the past few years. International treaties forbid Israel to deport them because their lives would be at risk in their home countries. They do not fall under the definition of refugees, so they have been living in Israel under the “collective protection” that has been afforded them.

    Local authorities assumed they would want to remain in the country for good, but apparently this is not the case. Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that since the beginning of 2012 some 1,000 north Sudanese migrants and a few dozen Eritreans have left Israel willingly after asking the Population Authority for assistance in organizing their departure. In light of the request, some of the migrants were issued passports by the Eritrean Embassy in Israel and returned to their home country via Amman and Addis Ababa.

    Israel has kept the news of their departure secret for fear that it would be accused of encouraging them to leave or forcing them out of the country.

    Population Authority officials say the trend is expanding due to Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s decision to incarcerate the infiltrators upon their arrival in Israel and prevent them from finding jobs after their release. In October, according to the statistics, 260 migrants returned to Sudan, compared with only 10 migrants who returned to the African country willingly in January.

    “Nearly all of the infiltrators are seeking work. Their only goal is to send money to their families. If they will be held in a detention facility and not permitted to work, they will all want to go back home,” one official said.

    A Foreign Ministry official said more African migrants are leaving voluntarily due to newly-enacted laws against the hiring of infiltrators.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:15 pm | 4 Comments »

    4 Comments to 1,000 African migrants leave Israel willingly

    1. Yidvocate says:

      International treaties forbid Israel to deport them because their lives would be at risk in their home countries

      No actually, the risk to their lives ended once they crossed into Egypt. Their further travel into Israel had nothing to do with safeguarding their lives and Israel would be entirely in it’s rights to send them home or deposit them over to Sinai.

    2. Canadian Otter says:

      As usual Israel tries to avoid controversy in dealing with serious threats – even when there are perfectly legal means to relocate them.

      Has anyone asked the goverment what it plans to do with incarcerated infiltrators once they are released from jail?

      And what if there is another big crisis in Africa and masses of genuine refugees (from famine, disaster, massacres, whatever) come to Israel’s border?

      Israel must establish some sort of arrangement with UNHCR for the care of refugees IN AFRICAN refugee camps. It could finance a program for this purpose, which would be much cheaper than the demographic, social and financial cost of keeping them in Israel.


      A thousand migrants leaving Israel don’t make any difference when there are tens of thousands who know that the longer the stay, the harder it’ll be to deport them.

      And that monthly incoming trickle of a hundred or so also add up.

    3. Canadian Otter says:

      They beg, they plead to get into the country, but once they’re admitted ….

      CANADA – War Memorial vandalized. Words “Canada will burn, praise allah” written over it.

      Those infiltrating Israel will one day form gangs to attack you. Repatriate them at once.

    4. dweller says:

      ‘Nearly all of the infiltrators are seeking work. Their only goal is to send money to their families. If they will be held in a detention facility and not permitted to work, they will all want to go back home,’ one official said.”

      USA border-state govts, take note.

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