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Asylum Seekers Cleaning Tel Aviv's Streets to Be Fired for Israelis Who Don't Even Want the Job

Date: 25.12.20 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

For nine years, Debasi Habtu, a 42-year-old asylum seeker, has been going out every day to clean the streets of central Tel Aviv. He gets up before sunrise, glances at his sleeping children – aged six months, six years and 10 years – dons his yellow vest and bikes to Lincoln Street.

Israeli Ministry Refuses to Help Asylum Seekers Retrieve Money Stolen by Employers

Date: 25.10.20 Source: Haaretz, Lee Yaron

Israel’s Labor and Social Affairs Minister Itzik Shmuli has rejected proposals to aid asylum seekers in receiving the deposits their employers deducted from their salaries and kept to themselves illegally, Haaretz has learned.

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.

Israeli Labor Federation reverses decision, allows asylum seekers to join

Date: 14.6.18 Source: Haaretz, Or Kashti

Togod Omer Adam of Sudan and Takalit Rishahi from Eritrea were the first African refugees admitted to the Histadrut labor federation as full members, after an agreement was reached Wednesday with refugee representatives.

Israel's largest labor federation fails to accept refugees' applications

Date: 20.5.18 Source: Haaretz, Or Kashti

Israel's Histadrut labor federation has failed to accept applications by some 30 Sudanese refugees seeking to join. According to the Histadrut's rules, any citizen, resident or migrant worker who is employed in Israel can join the country's largest labor federation.

Thousands of asylum seekers at risk of losing their jobs in Israel after court ruling

Date: 18.9.17 Source: Haaretz, Ilan Lior
Government ministries and local governments are not permitted to employ asylum seekers from Eritrea or Sudan, the Supreme Court ruled last week, confirming what is already government policy and potentially prompting thousands of asylum seekers employed in cleaning and maintenance to l

Law Forces Asylum-seekers to Set Aside Fifth of Salary, to Be Paid Out When They Leave Israel

Date: 4.1.17 Source: Ha`aretz
By Ilan Lior. Israel says aim is to make employing asylum-seekers more expensive for businesses; human rights organizations warn that the obligation will exacerbate poverty.


About employment of asylum seekers in Israel

Bill cleared to prevent migrants in Israel from transferring money abroad

Date: 22.4.13 Source: HAARETZ
The legislation, brought forth by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar as a means of dealing with 'infiltrators,' receives preliminary approval from a ministerial committee. By Jonathan Lis and Ilan Lior

Israel`s Policy towards Asylum Seekers is Damaging to them and to Us

Date: 1.3.13 Source: ASSAF

Summary of Israeli policy against asylum-seekers, revealing the heavy economic and social cost we are all paying. Position paper of Assaf, Amnesty International and the Hotline for Migrant Workers (Hebrew)


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