Israel to deport African migrants to Uganda

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Reuters

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel plans to soon begin deporting migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, who number more than 50,000, back to the African continent via Uganda, officials said.

Israel regards most of these Africans as illegal visitors crowding impoverished areas in search of jobs, and largely rejects the position of human rights groups that many fled their countries in search of political asylum.

A statement late on Thursday from Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said Israel would soon begin a staged process of deporting the migrants, most of whom crossed the border with neighbouring Egypt – Israel’s frontier with Africa – since 2006.

Sa’ar said an agreement had been reached with an African country other than Eritrea and Sudan to absorb these migrants who would soon be urged “to leave of their own free will.”

Michal Rozin, chairwoman of parliament’s committee on foreign workers, said by telephone…

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