Deal reached to resettle African migrants in West


JERUSALEM — The Israeli government announced on Monday that it has reached a landmark agreement with the United Nations to scrap its contested plans to deport African asylum seekers and would resettle many of them in Western countries instead.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the “unprecedented understandings” with the U.N. refugee agency would send more than 16,000 migrants to various Western countries that are willing to absorb them. It said the new deal would be implemented in three stages over five years, with much of those remaining in Israel integrated and granted official status.

Netanyahu and his interior minister, Arieh Deri, are to make a formal announcement shortly, according to the prime minister’s office.

The deal lifts the threat of a forced expulsion to…

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