Israel will use the ‘infiltrators law’ and the detention centers in the south as part of a process of returning all of the over 60,000 African migrants back to their home countries, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said on Tuesday.
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Yishai’s comments came during a press conference to present the findings of the “Soffer Committee”, set up some nine months ago to present findings on how to deal with Israel’s African migrant population. The committee was supposed to present findings after two months, but this week finally held a press conference, following a week of media stories in Israel alleging that hundreds of African migrants had been secretly returned to their home countries against their will.
The press conference came hours after Attorney-General Yehuda-Weinstein on Tuesday morning announced that it had ordered a stop to all transfers of Eritreans out of the country from Israel’s detention facilities until further notice.
During the press conference Yishai said that over 2,000 north Sudanese had already left Israel voluntarily, along with dozens of Eritreans.