Israel to send 16,000 African migrants to Western countries

According to the agreement, Israel will send at least 16,250 African migrants to countries in the West after reaching an “unprecedented understanding” with the UNHCR, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

Thousands of other African migrants will be able to stay in Israel.

Speaking to reporters, Netanyahu said that many of those leaving the country will be moved to Canada, Italy and Germany. He said that 6,000 migrants will depart within the next 18 months.

There are approximately 37,000 illegal immigrants in Israel, the majority from Eritrea or Sudan, according to the Population and Immigration Authority.

Critics were enraged by the Israeli government’s previous plan, in which migrants would be offered $3,500 and an airplane ticket to leave for a sub-Saharan African country….

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