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Israel Denies Rights Group Report It Coerced African Asylum Seekers to Leave

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Israel Denies Rights Group Report It Coerced African Asylum Seekers to Leave – Ilan Lior
(dailyalert.org. Sept. 11, 2014)

Israel has denied allegations that it unlawfully deported thousands of African refugees, as claimed in a recent report by Human Rights Watch. According to Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority, there are currently 47,000 African asylum seekers in Israel who entered without permits. 35,000 are Eritreans, 9,000 are Sudanese and 3,000 are from other African countries. Earlier this year there was a sharp rise in the numbers leaving Israel. Israel’s Interior Ministry said, “Israel is acting legally and proportionately in contending with illegal infiltrators. The increase in the numbers of those leaving, which is three times larger in 2014 than in 2013, demonstrates that our policies are bearing fruit.”  (Ha’aretz)

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