Residential units for 20,000-25,000 migrants will be completed by the end of the year in several installations, and will be handed over to the control of the Israel Prison Service (IPS) and the Interior Ministry, a defense ministry statement said on Thursday.
The statement said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the defense ministry the job of establishing large-scale living installations, to be run by the IPS, because of its experience in completing major national projects on an emergent basis. The program was presented to the prime minister Thursday afternoon. The plan is to include five main locations for the 20,000-25,000 migrants.
The immediate goal of the program is to start processing all new migrants who cross the border illegally to the new installations as early as next week.