Uganda considering Israeli request to take in 500 African migrants

African asylum seekers set up a mock slave auction as part of a protest outside the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, April 3, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) — Uganda said it was considering a request from Israel to take in 500 African migrants that Israel would deport — the first time an African country confirmed that it was going along with the Israeli government’s controversial deportation plan.

Musa Ecweru, the Ugandan minister in charge of refugees, said the migrants would be thoroughly evaluated before their arrival, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Uganda was one of two countries that had surfaced in reports as a possible destination for some 38,000 African asylum seekers in Israel to be deported under a plan announced in January by the Israeli…

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