Israel abandons plan to forcibly deport migrants


The Israeli government has told the Supreme Court that it no longer plans to forcibly deport thousands of migrants to a third country, reports Reuters news agency.

The country’s previous plan which was to deport thousands of mostly Eritrean and Sudanese men to a third country against their will.

The fate of more than 30,000 migrants, who entered the country illegally, has long been a hugely contentious issue.

Most of the African migrants in Israel are from Eritrea and Sudan who entered from Egypt several years ago, before a new fence was built along the desert border.

They say they fled danger at home and that it is not safe to return to another African country, but Israel considers the majority of African asylum seekers to be economic migrants.


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