Interior Ministry announces new initiative to get African migrants to deport

March 31, 2015 11:03


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In the coming days Israel will begin a process to get African migrants to leave Israel for two unnamed third-party countries, the Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority said Tuesday.

In a statement on Tuesday, PIBA said that Interior Minister Gilad Erdan “has formulated a process that will begin in the coming days to expand the voluntary return of infiltrators to a third country”

PIBA said Israel has reached agreements with two African countries willing to absorb the migrants which have also agreed not to deport them to their home countries.

The statement said that in the first stage of the plan, representatives from PIBA will go to Holot and determine which group of detainees will be the first to leave Israel, and determine which still have asylum requests pending. Those who don’t have pending requests will be informed of all of the aspects of their return and given information about the country they will be moving to. They will also be provided with airfare, a hotel, and an unspecified stipend from the state.

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