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(i24NEWS) A new Israeli bill seeks to expel Eritrean migrants

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A new Israeli bill seeks to expel Eritrean migrants

African migrants protest in front of Rwandan embassy in Herzliya, February 7, 2018.
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Bill introduced comes in the wake of peace talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea

A new bill was introduced to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on Wednesday, seeking to expel Eritrean migrants.

Under the bill submitted by parliamentarian Sharon Haskel, from current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud, anyone's request to be recognized as a refugee because of a war in their country of origin would be denied status if the state of war ends following a peace agreement.

The Interior Ministry would then be authorized to order their return to their country of origin.

"In the past ten years tens of thousands of infiltrators have come into Israel, some of whom have demanded to become refugees, many of them from Eritrea," Haskel, using weighted political language to describe the asylum seekers.

"We have recently learned that Eritrea and Ethiopia have signed a peace agreement to end the war between them," the bill went on to say, adding that the situation could enable the interior minister, who is in charge of immigration policy, to repatriate asylum seekers.

According to official data, 35,000 Africans crossed the border between Egypt and Israel, 72% of them from Eritrea. The majority of Africans from Eritrea stay 6 to 11 years, although 1,115 left Israel of their own free will, between January and July of 2018.

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