African migrants told to leave Isreal or face imprisonment

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The Israeli government has issued the 90-day notice, which affects thousands of migrants, with the threat of imprisonment for those who don’t comply.

The report said the migrants would have the option of going to their home country or third countries, but that if they refused to leave, the Israeli authorities would have them thrown in jail starting from April 2018.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reported, adding that the country said the migrants would be given up to $3,500 for leaving within the next 90 days.

Israeli government says their return will be humane and “voluntary”. The order exempts children, elderly people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

According to the spokesperson for Israel’s Population there currently 38,000 “infiltrators” in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities. The term “infiltrators” in Isreal is use to describe people who did not enter the country through an official border crossing.

Many of the migrants are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan. They came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as economic migrants.

Recently the UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, criticised the emerging plan. “The Israeli government’s decision to expel 40,000 African asylum seekers is of great concern,” he said. “Israel has a painful history of migration and exile. New generations must not forget that refugees do not flee out of choice but because they don’t have any other choice.

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