Yashai: Jail African migrants who do not leave willingly

May 20, 2012 10:25

African migrants who do not leave willingly must be jailed, Interior Minister Eli Yishai told Army Radio Sunday.

"I need to return security to the citizens of Israel," Yishai said, adding that Israel must send migrants back to their home countries or a willing third country.

When asked about the morality of sending refugees back to their countries of origin, Yishai said that only a small fraction of the migrants are refugees, and that no other solutions were available. "Whoever is complaining should go to South Tel Aviv or invite the infiltrators to their neighborhood," Yishai said.

Labor MK Isaac Herzog noted that 70 percent of the migrants are of Eritrean origin, and said that the Eritrean government must be consulted in reaching a solution.

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