Israel says it has reached ‘unprecedented’ deal to resettle African migrants in the West

The Israeli government announced Monday it would scrap controversial plans to deport African asylum seekers, saying it had reached an “unprecedented understanding” with the United Nations to help resettle many of these migrants in Western countries.

In a statement released by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, Israel said it was working with the United Nations to resettle at least 16,250 migrants in Western nations under the plan, which would be carried out in stages over five years.

Netanyahu later said at a news conference that Israel would offer temporary residency status to the same number of asylum seekers as were resettled in Western nations.

 About 38,000 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants live in Israel. Most of them entered the country illegally via the land…

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