Uganda to accept 500 African asylum-seekers from Israel

In a turnaround, the Ugandan government announced today, Friday that it may take in 500 African asylum seekers from Israel. Israel wants to relocate thousands of Africans, mostly Eritrean and Sudanese, that it says entered Israel illegally.

State minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Musa Ecweru, acknowledged the request from Israel during a news conference at the Uganda Media Centre.

Asylum seekers in Israel protest against being forcibly deported earlier this year. Photo:

“The state of Israel, working with other refugee-managing organizations, has requested Uganda to allow about 500 refugees of Eritrean and Sudanese descent to be relocated to Uganda,” Ecweru said. “The government and ministry are positively considering the request.”

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