Asylum seekers south Tel Aviv 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The jailing of asylum-seekers in Israel costs the state about NIS 20
year, according to figures released by the Hotline for Migrant Workers
The 1,042 asylum-seekers currently jailed by the state include 35
minors, a number of whom are between the ages of three and 10, the
According to Israeli law, those arrested after illegally
entering the state are to be kept in jail for a maximum of 60 days.
according to the Hotline’s figures, the average comes out to around a
One case they revealed Monday was that of a man from Togo
who entered Israel illegally in 2004 and has been jailed in Israel ever
The figures were released at an event to mark the Jewish New Year
held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center in Tel Aviv.
the event, about 100 attendees watched a screening of the film Evelyn,
details the story of Evelyn Diaz, a 16-year-old child of a foreign
Colombia who was born in Israel and is among hundreds of children of
workers who stand to be deported following a cabinet decision made on
Among other figures released, there are over 300 unidentified
detainees in Israel, who reportedly contend that they are from Eritrea
while the state considers them Ethiopian.
Unlike Ethiopians, Eritreans
and Sudanese cannot be deported by Israel because they face persecution
country of origin.