Israel gives migrants 2 weeks to leave

2012-06-28 18:00

Jerusalem - Israel on Thursday gave illegal immigrants from the Ivory Coast two weeks to leave the country, the latest step in its crackdown on Africans who have entered the country unlawfully.

"Whoever leaves in this period will receive a stipend, those who do not will be sent away," Interior Minister Eli Yishai said in a statement announcing the deadline.

Israel has been alarmed by an influx of migrants from Africa through its porous border with Egypt and this month launched weekly airlifts to deport a few hundred South Sudanese back to their newly-founded state.

The ministry said there were around 2 000 Ivorians in the country illegally, out of a total of about 60 000 African migrants who Israel says are mostly job-seekers and threaten to upset demographics in the Jewish state.

Humanitarian organisations say the migrants should be considered for asylum and some Israelis have been troubled that their country, founded by war refugees and immigrants, should be packing off foreigners en masse.

It is legally questionable whether the majority of African migrants in Israel, about 50 000 people from war-ravaged Eritrea and Sudan, could be deported.

Ivorian migrants who leave on their own volition will receive a sum of $500 for each adult and $100 per each child, Yishai's ministry said.

"Infiltrators that do not leave in this period will be arrested and will lose eligibility for the stipend," it said in the statement.

  • Bulls - 2012-06-28 18:21

    How do the Israeli look like?,we need to start hunting them down in Africa and make them pay.

      melissa.schoeman.963 - 2012-06-28 20:02

      Can you really comment on Israel Mr Balls

      Sharon - 2012-06-28 20:16

      do that and you will definately loose your balls

      sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-28 20:54

      Look just like arabs

      lloyd.tandi - 2012-06-28 21:08

      I know wer they congregate,will give them a home made receipe of ammonium nitrate mixed with rust nails.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-28 21:46

      @Loyd, Patrick - go do some homework and find out what have been developed, designed, invented in Israel. You would be amazed at their brilliance, and shocked at your own stupidity

      Tommo - 2012-06-29 01:05

      I wouldnt touch the Israelis if i were you. Just ask ugandans what happened to them and idi amin...

  • AllanLouiseOelschig - 2012-06-28 19:41

    It is legally questionable whether the majority of African migrants in Israel, about 50 000 people from war-ravaged Eritrea and Sudan, could be deported. WTF!! WHY?

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-28 21:42

    Wish we could say we had 60 000 from zim, moz, and others here, but now we have to give free health and social service to probably 6 million.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-06-29 00:30

    Given that Israel prevents 1948 and 1967 Palestinian refugees from returning to their homes, is it likely to embody a caring sharing attitude towards other non-Jewish refugees?

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-06-29 06:18

    Why should the Israelis tolerate illegal immigrants just because they are from Africa? It is their right to throw them out. Go back to your own countries! Wish we could do the same

  • jaba.kov - 2012-06-29 06:29

    So Israel is defending their borders from an influx of Illigals and it’s a crime? No its not! The wars in Africa are over and it’s high time these asylum seekers set off home to their nations of birth - seeing as their lives are no longer in peril, giving them financial aid is something no other Western nation has done before and is more humane than the murder and necklacing our own illigals face in our townships in Gauteng It’s not surprising this story keep on coming up on News24 trying its hardest to make Israel look dreadful - with 60000 illegals in Israel (with its small population) I’m sure we will keep reading the same old repetitive articles. There has already been over a dozen of the much of the same articles on News24… When the US, Australia, Spain or Italy send Illigals back there are no reports about it on news24. Israel is being singled out by an Aljazira sponsored propaganda on news24 – one clue to this is the fact that they call these illegals (with no visa or papers who stay in Israel), “AFRICANS” too get all our nice ‘previously disadvantaged’ on the anti-Israel band-wagon, however these Illegals include nationals from the Philippines, Thailand & China – I guess they are ‘African’ for News24 as well. The 5th column and its sick propaganda machine against Israel continue to spin.

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