South Sudanese in Tel Aviv 390.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Population, Immigration and Borders Authority said Thursday it would begin
taking steps to crack down on employers hiring citizens of South Sudan and the
PIBA said it would start leveling fines and indictments on
March 3 against those employing Ivorians, and on April 1 against those employing
In January, the authority said that because of what it
called improvements in the security situation in the Ivory Coast, the state
could begin working to return Ivorians beginning February 1.
government does not have exact figures on the number of Ivorians in Israel, they
are among the estimated several thousand west Africans here.
announced last week that beginning April 1, South Sudanese would be forcibly
deported, but that those who left before then would be eligible for a one-time
1,000- euro resettlement stipend.
The authority estimates that there are
over 3,000 South Sudanese in the country, though members of the community
believe the number is closer to between 500 and 1,000.
emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, said after returning from a trip to South Sudan at the
beginning of February that “the situation in the country is extremely
precarious, and the risk of a dangerous decline is very real.”
of the food shortage in the country, she said that “the scope of this crisis
cannot be ignored.”