Grant 50,000 temporary work visas to African migrants, prof. recommends to Knesset panel

November 11, 2014 19:09


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The Israeli government should grant 50,000 temporary work visas to African migrants valid for five years, Professor Yossi Zeira, a member of the Committee to Fight Poverty said on Tuesday.

He made these comments at a hearing of the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers on the recommendations of the Committee to Fight Poverty relating to the employment of foreign workers in Israel.

The committee discussed the recommendations of the Committee to Fight Poverty, headed by Eli Alalouf, which called for a reduction in the employment of foreign workers and the encouragement to employ Israelis in the workforce in an effort to contribute to increasing household income and reducing poverty among Israelis over time.

Zeira, who is a professor of economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, cited the example of the construction industry in Israel which developed in the early years of the State and since 1970 has remained stagnant, while other industry continued to increase over the years.

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