Israel and UN reach deal on deportation of asylum seekers

Israel and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have reached a deal regarding the deportation of tens of thousands of African asylum seekers and refugees. In accordance with the deal, Israel will deport over 16,000 refugees while granting temporary residency status to others.
Refugees in Israel Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

Israel and the United Nations have reached an agreement regarding the deportation of African asylum seekers and refugees, Israel’s Hadashot news reported on Monday. According to the agreement, Israel will deport over 16,000 refugees and grant temporary residency status to 16,000 other refugees within a time frame of five years.

The deportation will be carried out with the direct assistance of Western countries, the report stated. Israeli officials are said to be pleased with the agreement and see it as unprecedented because the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees rarely helps deport refugees and asylum seekers. The agreement was reached after months of diplomatic talks between the sides.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Arye Dery are expected to deliver remarks regarding the agreement later this afternoon.

Last month, the Israeli Supreme Court issued an injunction freezing the plan to deport thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers. The court order prohibits the state from deporting refugees and asylum seekers from Israel to a third-party country in Africa without their consent.



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