Jewish Agency urges Israel to grant asylum to 500 young African migrants

The Jewish Agency on Tuesday urged the government not to deport some 500 young African migrants who came to Israel as minors and have been integrated into society.

In a letter, the board urged Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to grant them a legal status in Israel, saying they had come as unaccompanied minors and had been “integrated in the education system of youth villages operated by The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Education.”

“These youngsters have grown up in an Israeli educational environment, speak fluent Hebrew, are imbued with Israeli culture, and are loyal to the State of Israel,” the agency said….

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