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Israel Fails to Investigate Employers Who Stole Money From Over 1,000 Asylum Seekers

Date: 9.8.20 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

Akbarat, an asylum seeker from Eritrea, worked as an office cleaner in Bnei Brak for 9 months. She was employed by Eldan, a company providing cleaning and maintenance services. She cleaned offices six days a week, working long hours: from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sundays to Thursdays, and from 7 A.M.

The Eritrean cooking course teaching Israelis about asylum seekers

Date: 7.5.20 Source: JPost, Linda Gardstein

When Asmait Merhatsion, 30, was in prison in Eritrea, she never dreamed someday she would be teaching Israelis in Tel Aviv how to cook Eritrean food.

Portrait of a crisis: Asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv facing coronavirus

Date: 30.4.20 Source: +972 Mag, Oren Ziv

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis in Israel, the plight of African asylum seekers, who are not entitled to assistance from the Israeli government, has been amplified.

As coronavirus spreads, asylum seekers in Israel are on the brink of catastrophe

Date: 18.3.20 Source: +972 Mag, Oren Ziv

Asylum seekers in Israel are “on the brink of catastrophe” according to community members and activists, as the number of infections from the novel coronavirus in the country continues to climb.

Asylum Seekers in Israel - Situation Report (August 2019)

Date: 31.10.19 Source: ASSAF; The Refugee Rights Forum

Instead of using asylum seekers for political propaganda and exploiting the genuine plight of the residents of South Tel Aviv for the purpose of conflict with the Supreme Court, it is time to embrace humane, practical and worthwhile solutions.

UN Panel Demands Answers From Israel on Failure to Protect Asylum Seekers

Date: 24.10.19 Source: Haaretz, Bar Peleg

Israel must explain to the United Nations why only a minuscule proportion of asylum seekers here are granted refugee status, and why they cannot get permanent work permits or regular access to health and social service, a UN committee has stated.

Israel's High Court Blasts Law Requiring Asylum Seekers to Deposit 20% of Wages

Date: 8.5.19 Source: Lee Yaron, Haaretz

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday criticized the state’s policy toward asylum seekers in a session about a challenge to the deposits law, by which 20 percent of asylum-seekers’ wages are withheld by the state, pending their departure from the country.

Israel’s ‘Deposit Law’ Is Pushing Asylum Seekers to Financial Ruin

Date: 31.1.19 Source: News Deeply, Steven Davidson

IN MAY 2017, Israel effectively cut one-fifth of asylum seekers’ wages, hoping people such as Eden Tasfamariam would leave the country.

Israel Deducts 20 Percent From Salaries of Migrants Recognized as Victims of Human Trafficking

Date: 12.12.18 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

Salaries of asylum seekers who have been officially recognized as victims of trafficking and slavery are still being docked despite a waver they are entitled to.

Enforcement of the Deposit Law for Asylum Seekers (November 2018)

Date: 1.12.18 Source: ASSAF; The Refugee Rights Forum

An update ahead of the hearing on November 5, 2018 in the Knesset Interior Committee on the enforcement of the Deposit Law.

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