Uganda 'positively considering' taking in 500 asylum seekers from Israel

A Ugandan minister confirmed on Friday that Israel has requested Uganda to take in 500 asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea, stating that the East African country is "positively considering" it.
African asylum seekers in Israel Photo credit: Rudychaimg, Wikimedia Commons

Uganda said on Friday it is considering a request from Israel to take in 500 asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea.

In a statement, Musa Ecweru, the Ugandan minister in charge of refugees, formally acknowledged that Israel and Uganda had been in talks over a deal on African asylum seekers, putting an end to rumors and unconfirmed reports.

"The State of Israel ... has requested Uganda to allow about 500 Eritreans and Sudanese to relocate to Uganda. The government and ministry are positively considering the request," Ecweru said.

This comes about a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a deal with the UN to deport more than 16,000 African asylum seekers to Western countries, only to backtrack and cancel the deal the next day.

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