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December 30, 2013 8:39 am

African Asylum Seekers Denied Israeli Visas

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Ethiopian children waiting to make aliyah to Israel. Photo: Judith Friedman Rosen.

Ynet – A new unofficial Israeli policy not to renew special visas of African asylum seekers in Israel is raising fears they could lose their jobs and be forced to leave Israel for an uncertain future in their home countries. All of these African migrants entered Israel illegally, most of them through the porous border with Egypt, and say they could be killed if they return home.

Eritrean migrant Habton Mehari stood in a crowd of dozens of outside the Immigration office in downtown Jerusalem. On the door was a large sign in five languages from the “Voluntary Return Assistance Unit” of the Population and Immigration Authority.

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