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Knesset members vote to worsen migrant conditions ahead of deportation

Date: 29.11.17 Source: The Jerusalem Post, Lahav Harkov

A bill to extend limitations on migrants’ employment and in other areas, until the government can enact its plan to deport them, is headed to a final vote after approval by the Knesset Interior Committee on Wednesday.

Eritreans, Sudanese worse affected by Israel's forced deportation plan

Date: 21.11.17 Source: Africanews, Abdur Rahman, Alfa Shaban

A plan by Israeli authorities to forcibly deport to third countries or jail African migrants will affect predominantly Eritrea and Sudanese migrants in the country.

Israel to pay Rwanda $5,000 for every deported asylum seeker it takes in

Date: 20.11.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Israel will pay the Rwandan government $5,000 for every African asylum seeker it accepts from Israel, Channel 10 reported Sunday.

Israel to close migrant detention facility and deport thousands to Africa

Date: 19.11.17 Source: i24News

Israel's cabinet voted on Sunday to close the Holot migrant detention center in southern Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally despite concerns about their fate. 

Israeli ministers want asylum seekers to choose: jail or deportation

Date: 17.11.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Two key cabinet ministers have proposed closing an open detention facility for asylum seekers within four months and giving the detainees a choice between deportation and jail.
“We should examine whether the residential facility at Holot is ne

Israel to pay out over $120,000 to African asylum seekers jailed illegally

Date: 7.11.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan lior
The state is going to pay five asylum seekers from Sudan 425,000 shekels ($121,429) each because they were sent to the Holot detention facility and held there for lengthy periods even though they were entitled to temporary resident status in Israel.

Israel to provide mental health evaluations for asylum-seekers bound for detention center

Date: 19.10.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
The state will be budgeting 600,000 shekels ($171,000) to provide 2,500 psychiatric evaluations for asylum-seekers claiming that they cannot be held at the Holot detention facility in the Negev.
Most will be seeking an exemption from orders se

Why is Israel refusing to teach African asylum seekers Hebrew?

Date: 8.8.17 Source: +972, Omri Du-Nour

Israel’s desert detention facility for asylum seekers, “Holot,” has been controversial ever since it was first opened four years ago.

Israel cuts asylum seeker pay, piling pressure on them to leave

Date: 1.5.17 Source: Middle East Eye, Yuval Abraham

TEL AVIV, Israel - A new Israeli law has come into force that withholds 20 percent of asylum seeker pay until they leave Israel, in a move critics say is designed to force them out of the country.

Africans leaving Israel under secret deals arrive on Europe’s shores

Date: 11.4.17 Source: news deeply, Gaëlle Faure

PARIS – It became clear to Arzer* in the spring of 2014 that Israel would never grant him refugee status.


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