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State Comptroller Report

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State Comptroller Report for 2018: "The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Israel"

State Comptroller report for 2018 paints a harsh picture of the malfunctioning asylum system in Israel: rejecting asylum applications in limine, denying applicants, exhausting applicants in long and unregulated queues, denting them information regarding asylum policy and amendments made to it, delaying asylum requests for years, and more.

Due to these failures, about a third of the asylum seekers' population living in Israel in 2018, has yet to submit a request for asylum.

The complete report is not available in English. You are welcome to read a position paper on the subject of the State Comptroller report for 2018, prepared by the Refugee Rights Forum, of which ASSAF Organization is a member:

State Comptroller Harshly Criticized Israel’s Handling of Asylum Requests (position paper)

State Comptroller Report: "Treatment of Foreigners Not Subject to Deportation from Israel" (2018)

In May 2018, four years after the State Comptroller published a harsh and comprehensive report on the numerous failures of the government and authorities in dealing with the issue of asylum seekers, a follow-up report on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 annual report 64(c) was published.

The complete report is not available in English. You are welcome to read a position paper on the subject of the follow-up report for 2018, prepared by the Refugee Rights Forum, of which ASSAF Organization is a member. 

The State Continues to Neglect Asylum Seekers while Harming them and the Residents of South Tel Aviv (position paper)

State Comptroller Report for 2014: "Foreigners Not Subject to Deportation"

ASSAF made a significant contribution to the State Comptroller report for 2014, as it did in 2013. This contribution is manifested in the report’s broad and significant reference to vulnerable groups of asylum seekers, such as victims of torture, women victims of violence, and the physically and mentally ill. We met with the professionals from the State Comptroller's office several times; we had exposed them to the difficult cases we are dealing with, and to the state's failure with regard to those.

The longstanding work that ASSAF has been performing with asylum seekers in Israel was clearly reflected in the report. We are pleased that the comptroller has placed the difficult situation of the asylum seekers, which we have been warning from over the years, and which also affects the citizens of Israel - on the public agenda.