Tag Archives: African Migrants

Extending the Conversation on Migration

Migration is a complex multidimensional issue
Migration is a complex multidimensional issue that occurred throughout the history of humanity and will continue to do so in the future.

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D.)

In the article, “When Worn Out (African) Arguments are Repackaged for Mainstream Consumption”, the author exposes several of the key shortcomings and weaknesses of a recently published article in African Arguments which discussed migration in Eritrea.

The critique of the African Arguments article serves as an important reminder that mainstream coverage about migration is frequently sensationalized, regularly lacks context, and is often deeply flawed. In this article, I briefly discuss several important points that are often overlooked or downplayed when discussing migration, both generally and with specific regard to Eritrea. Continue reading Extending the Conversation on Migration

Israel Cancels Plan to Deport African Migrants

Israeli plan to forcibly deport illegal African migrants ‘no longer on agenda’

Israeli government abandons plan to forcibly deport African migrants who entered the country illegally. (Reuters Photo)

BY MEE

The Israeli government has scrapped plans to deport tens of thousands of African migrants. The government informed the High Court of Justice on Tuesday that it decided to U-turn on its original plans after failing to secure a deal to deport the African asylum seekers to a third country. Continue reading Israel Cancels Plan to Deport African Migrants

Uganda ‘Considering’ Relocation of African Migrants from Israel

Uganda’s government has announced that it will accept some 500 “interested” Eritreans and Sudanese refugees from Israel

The Unwanted Africans in Israel. Uganda is ready to receive 500 “rejected” African asylum seekers from Israel who have “expressed willingness” to be sent to Uganda.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Uganda is “positively considering” Israel’s request to take 500 Eritrean or Sudanese migrants rejected by Israel, a senior government official said on Friday, the first official confirmation of an agreement to receive African migrants whose planned deportations have caused widespread protests in Israel. Continue reading Uganda ‘Considering’ Relocation of African Migrants from Israel

Israel Suspends New UNHCR Migrants Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was forced to put the new agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants on hold until further review.

BY MAAYAN LUBELL | REUTERS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was suspending a new agreement with the U.N. refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, as right-wing pressure mounted on him to scrap the deal. Continue reading Israel Suspends New UNHCR Migrants Deal

Israel Starts Issuing Deportation Notices to African Asylum Seekers

The first round of notices, which gives asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan 60 days to leave, will be issued to men without children – about 20,000 people

Asylum seeker holding up a deportation notice on February 4, 2018. (Photo: Meged Gozani)

BY ILAN LION | HAARETZ

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority will begin issuing deportation notices on Sunday to asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan who are not held in the Holot detention facility.

In the first stage the notices will be issued to men without children who come to renew their residence visa. Citizens of Eritrea and Sudan are required to renew their visas every two months at the authority’s office in Bnei Brak. They will receive their last two-month visa, along with a letter stating that during this period they are expected to leave the country, otherwise they will be forbidden to work and can expect to be incarcerated indefinitely. Authority personnel will suggest that they leave for either Rwanda or their native countries. Continue reading Israel Starts Issuing Deportation Notices to African Asylum Seekers

Eritrean President Criticizes Israel’s Migrant Deportation Plan

‘Eritreans who wish to return from Israel have every right to do so’ – President Afwerki

“The high price they [Eritrean migrants] have paid [to reach Israel] cannot be equivalent to 3,500 dollars. They deserve fair compensation to start a new life in their home country. Our estimation at the time was each one deserves a compensation of 50,000 US dollars.” – President Isaias Afwerki
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

In an interview, Eritrea’s president has expressed his displeasure with Israel’s plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants, saying they deserve far more than the $3,500 they were offered to leave.

President Isaias Afwerki’s interview on a government website Wednesday said the migrants from his country and Sudan paid a “high price” to human traffickers to reach Israel and deserve more like $50,000.

“They need fair compensation to start a new life in their home country,” Afwerki said in the interview with local reporters. He said all those who wish to return home “have every right to do so,” and that Eritrea has offered to register all of its roughly 20,000 migrants but Israeli authorities had refused.

Many Eritreans leaving the east African nation claim they fled a restrictive regime under Afwerki, where men are often forced into a military service with slavery-like conditions. They say they cannot return. Continue reading Eritrean President Criticizes Israel’s Migrant Deportation Plan