Israel accelerates deportation of illegal migrants from Africa
Israel is moving forward with plans to deport illegal aliens from Africa. Israel has been offering Africans a payout to return home on their own. Now, several African nations are being offered money and weapons in exchange for receiving illegal aliens that are refusing to return home on their own.
Other countries in the Middle East have been deporting African migrants as well.
Saudi Arabia launched a crackdown in 2014 and boasted of deporting 250,000 people in three months. The majority were guest-workers who had overstayed their VISAs. However, Saudi Arabia placed tens of thousands of illegal aliens from Ethiopia in concentration camps until the government of Ethiopia agreed to pay for their flights home.
Israel is set to force illegal African migrants to choose between leaving to a “safe third-party” country in Africa or face imprisonment, the interior ministry said.A statement from the ministry’s population and immigration authority said the measure would apply to migrants currently at the southern Holot detention centre, “who infiltrated Israel and cannot be expelled to their country of origin”.
There are currently around 2,000 African migrants at Holot out of an estimated 42,000 in Israel.
Most of the migrants at Holot hail from Sudan and Eritrea and would face danger were they to return home.
Israel will identify migrants who qualify for the measures, inform them of the proposed destination, and pay for their plane ticket and hotel there.
A spokeswoman for the interior ministry refused to name the third-party countries, but media and some charities named them as Rwanda and Uganda.