African asylum seekers in limbo as Israel considers new relocation plans


African migrants demonstrate against forced deportation in Herzliya, Israel, on 7 February (AFP)

The chaos that has followed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement on Monday of a landmark plan in conjunction with UN refugee agency UNHCR to relocate African migrants – only to put the deal on hold less than a day later – continued to leave asylum seekers and their defenders in the dark about their fate, as the Israeli government reportedly informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that alternatives were wearing thin.

The UNHCR plan was intended to relocate 16,250 African asylum seekers to Western countries, in exchange for granting temporary residency status to an equal number of migrants in Israel. However, Netanyahu’s far-right allies emphatically denounced the plan,…

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