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Israel ends deportations of African migrants

Staff Writer | April 3, 2018
Israel announced the cancellation of a policy by which it would deport African migrants to African countries sending them instead to Western countries.
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Middle East   Most of the migrants are seeking asylum
The Israeli government said it reached a deal to scrap the contentious plan after it met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

About 38,000 migrants were originally given the option of indefinite imprisonment in Israel, or $3,500 and a plane ticket to their home countries or to Rwanda or Uganda, countries with which Israel arranged an agreement to take migrants.

Most of the migrants are seeking asylum and currently live in camps near Tel Aviv while doing menial work in Israeli cities.

The plan was met with condemnation by most of Israel's political factions. The UNHCR called the plan incoherent and unsafe.