Israel orders African migrants to leave the country with immediate effect

Israel orders African migrants to leave the country with immediate effect

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (about GHC 16,800) for leaving within the next 90 days.

They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries.

If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

The BBC reports that the UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and Israeli laws.

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The Israeli government says their return will be humane and voluntary.

The order exempts children, women, parents of dependent minors and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

A spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities.

Israel uses the term "infiltrators" to describe people who did not enter the country through an official border crossing.

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A member of the Israeli parliament from the Likud party, Oren Hazan, had earlier said Africans have no culture and that Israel should stop African refugees from having children.

Earlier, sighted a video involving two African migrants who got arrested while hiding in two separate mattresses.

The two were trying to reach get their way into Spain on a cargo ship.

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