Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

Voluntary Departure

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

World Refugee Day: Israel's contested refugee population

Date: 20.6.19 Source: The Jerusalem Post, Yvette J. Deane

As World Refugee Day was commemorated around the world on Thursday, it is puzzling that Israel officially has only 14 refugees, despite having over 30,000 asylum seekers from African countries, many of whom are seeking refugee status.“No one knows the exact number,” Guli Dolev from the African Re

Israeli Program in Which Asylum Seekers Willingly Leave for Rwanda Is Frozen

Date: 25.7.18 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

The voluntary exit program that has sent hundreds, possibly thousands, of African asylum seekers to Rwanda from Israel since 2014 has been frozen, Haaretz has learned.

Significant Drop in Asylum Seekers 'Willingly' Leaving Israel Despite State's Best Efforts

Date: 8.7.18 Source: Ha'aretz, Lee Yaron

The number of asylum seekers leaving Israel “voluntarily” fell by 40 percent in the first five months of this year despite attempts by the government to encourage asylum seekers to leave.

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