Jerusalem Report

Who's a refugee?

Israel has to deal with the vexed question of what to do with over 50,000 illegal migrants/asylum seekers/refugees.

Refugees living in Israel
Photo by: AMIR COHEN - REUTERS
In mid-January, some ten thousand Eritrean and Sudanese migrants began what became a month-long grass-roots protest against their treatment by the Israeli authorities.

Their protest was aimed specifically at the recent fourth amendment to the anti-infiltration law passed in mid-December that limited their rights as potential asylum seekers. The amendment resulted in mass detentions in the Negev desert facility of Holot, which the government describes as an open residence, but which migrants and human rights groups see as just another form of imprisonment.



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