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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

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.

The campaign for integration of children of asylum seekers into Eliat’s public education system

In 2008, the municipality of Eilat began to refuse admitting children of asylum seekers in schools in the city. Instead, the children of asylum seekers were sent to a school separate from those of Israeli residents and citizens.

Supporting Unaccompanied Minors

From 2014 to 2017, ASSAF cooperated with CIMI - the Israeli Center for International Migration and Integration, to assist young asylum seekers who arrived in Israel as unaccompanied minors and to promote their rights vis-à-vis state authorities.

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.

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