African Migrants in Limbo After Israel Nixes Resettlement Plan

Uncertainty reigns for African migrants in Israel a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abandoned a plan to resolve the country’s refugee crisis, just one day after announcing it.

In the agreement with the United Nations’ refugee agency, half of Israel’s roughly 32,500 African migrants would have remained in the country as legal residents, while the other half would have resettled in Western countries, with U.N. help.

African migrants and immigration activists saw the new deal as a major breakthrough. The deal replaced a plan announced earlier this year to deport all African migrants living in Israel to African countries.

FILE – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shown at a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem in February, says he’s working on a new plan for African…

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