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Children of asylum seekers in Israel: Mapping of key educational issues and needs (June 2020)

Date: 21.6.20 Source: ASSAF; The Garden Library

This report examines the key educational issues and needs of children of asylum seekers in Israel, mostly in the municipal kindergartens and in the state-run elementary schools. 

Israeli City Won’t Enroll Children of Asylum Seekers in Schools, Flouting Court Ruling Again

Date: 2.6.20 Source: Haaretz, Bar Peleg

The Petah Tikva municipality is refusing to register children of asylum seekers in the city’s schools and preschools, in defiance of a court ruling from last year and the Education Ministry’s demands.

Baby Dies in Unregulated Day Care in South Tel Aviv; City Failed to Use 70% of Funding for Facilities

Date: 17.1.20 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

A 7-month-old baby girl died in an unsupervised day care for the children of asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv Thursday morning. The cause of death has not been officially determined but it is believed the infant choked to death.

Tel Aviv Plan to Build School for Asylum Seekers' Children Instead of Park Draws Protests

Date: 2.1.20 Source: Haaretz, Bar Peleg

The Tel Aviv Municipality’s planning committee approved a plan Wednesday to build a school for children of foreign workers in Levinsky Park near the central bus station. It would destroy the only green area in that part of the city.

Israeli City Blocks Children of Asylum Seekers From Enrolling in School, Defying Court Order

Date: 23.9.19 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

Asylum seekers protest the city's refusal to allow their children to enroll in school, Petah Tikva, July 9, 2019.Tomer Appelbaum

Efforts to prevent the deportation of children in Out-of-Home Placement (2012)

With the commencement of the deportations to Sudan (2012), described by the Ministry of the Interior as "voluntary return", ASSAF began to receive appeals regarding children from South Sudan in Out-of-Home Placement (boarding schools), whose families were about to be deporte

Petition to Grant the Discount in Public Transportation Use to Children of Asylum Seekers (February 2019)

For years, ASSAF received reports about discrimination against underage asylum seekers when it comes to the discount in use of public transportation. In February 2019, we filed a petition to the High Court of Justice on the matter.

Asylum-seeking minors in Israel

Children of asylum seekers are particularly vulnerable in Israel, deprived of many of their basic rights. Like their parents, these children lack legal status.

Israeli City Subjects School Registration of Asylum Seekers’ Children to Home Visits

Date: 21.8.18 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

An Israeli city is making the registration of asylum seekers’ children in the municipal school system subject to home visits and documentation by inspectors, ostensibly to ensure that the families are indeed Petah Tikva residents.

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