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Gov't to clamp down on migrant money transfers to family

July 22, 2012 20:44

The government is now taking its battle against African migrants to the banks and those who move funds abroad, and will bring a bill to the Knesset on Monday, making it illegal for the migrants to transfer money back home.

The ministerial committee on legislation approved a bill Sunday that will make it illegal for migrants to transfer money abroad. Under the new law, the penalty for migrants trying to do this will be some NIS 29,000 and six months imprisonment, and the punishment for those assisting them by transferring the funds will be the same fine, but a year in jail.

The bill is part of the government's plan to fight migration by creating steps aimed at convincing the migrants that it is not worth their while coming to Israel in the first place.

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