African Refugees Are Asked to Leave Israel

Nili Lang (‘20)

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The Interior Ministry of Israel, in a statement on February 4, informed unmarried men who emigrated from Eritrea and Sudan that they will have to leave the state of Israel within the next 60 days, according to an article in The Jerusalem Post.
If the men cooperate and leave Israel, they will receive $3,500 and a visa for their new country. After they arrive in their new location, the refugees will then be welcomed by a group of local citizens who will guide them to their hotel and tell them about life in their new country.
If the men do not cooperate, they will be allowed a hearing within the next seven days and will then be removed by force, and their visas will be cancelled. Married men, their wives, and their children will be able to remain in Israel. Rumors have spread that the country of Rwanda will be accepting these refugees at $5,000 per person, but Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Ambassador to Israel from Rwanda, denied these assertions.
Almost 38,000 African refugees currently live in Israel, and about 20,000 will be asked to leave. A country has not yet been selected to which the refugees will be deported, but the Immigration and Border Authority have assured these men that the country will be safe. The CEO of the African Refugee Development Center, Ori Lahat, has said, “…if we allow this procedure to go through, in the end it will be a stain on the history of Israel and the Jewish people, and I think we need to do whatever we can to not let it happen.”

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African Refugees Are Asked to Leave Israel