Ivory Coast refugees protest deportation

By ERIC BERGER
April 22, 2012 14:04

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Refugees from the Ivory Coast gathered in Tel Aviv Sunday morning to protest the government's plan to deport them back to the war-torn African country by the end of May.

More than 100 refugees - a majority of whom live in south Tel Aviv near the central bus station - held up signs with phrases such as "deportation equals death," and marched in the courtyard outside of the Marc Rich Israel Cinematheque.

The Population and Immigration Authority, which had granted the refugees protection in Israel, determined that Ivory Coast, plagued by violence since a civil war erupted in 2002, is now safe enough for them to return. The authority had initially ordered that the refugees return to their homeland by the end of January or face deportation, but refugees filed a petition with the court seeking an extension of their protection in Israel.

A Jerusalem judge approved the authority's decision earlier this month and ordered the refugees' repatriation by May 31. The refugees plan to file a petition with the Supreme Court on Monday or Tuesday, their attorney said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Breaking news
November 14, 2018
Report: Gaza fisherman killed by IDF Fire

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF