New migrant detention policy draws criticism

November 30, 2014 13:50

The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants slammed changes approved by the government to Israel's migrant detention policy, saying it was too bad that the government once again was ignoring the High Court’s directive to get rid of detention as a primary aspect and tool for the law.

The Israelis government gave its approval to a new policy on Sunday after the High Court of Justice struck down as unconstitutional the state’s two previous versions of the bill.

The policy still needs to be approved by the Knesset before it becomes law.

The nongovernmental organization emphasized that the funds the state was putting into detention centers could have been used, and would have been better spent, on integrating the migrants into society.

There is a strong chance that if it goes into law – in its absence, all migrants would need to be freed around December 22 – the NGO will ask the High Court to strike it down again.

The new version seeks to amend the policy by shortening the maximum amount of time migrants can be detained in each facility and changing some aspects of their detention conditions.

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