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Israel mulling long-term detention of illegal migrants from Africa

Population and Immigration Authority gears for implementation of policy stipulating infiltrators will be detained for up to three years.
Dozens and sometimes hundreds of African migrants cross the border every night, According to numbers from the Interior Ministry's Population Registry. In May, over 2,000 reportedly entered Israel -

A policy change on infiltrators, starting today? Promising to begin enforcing an addendum to a law on infiltrators that was passed in January, the Population and Immigration Authority said Sunday that anyone who crosses Israel's southern border illegally will be detained for up to three years, and will not be allowed into urban centers.


According to numbers from the Interior Ministry's Population Registry, dozens and sometimes hundreds of illegal migrants cross the border every night. In May, over 2,000 reportedly entered Israel. A detention center slated to house them is not yet ready, but the authorities say that in the meantime they will use free space in the Saharonim detention center next to Ketziot Prison and other spaces provided by the Israel Prisons Service.



However, enforcing the regulations against illegal migration also requires new orders from the Defense Ministry that will allow long-term detention as per the new legislation, in place of existing policy that allows migrants to be held for up to 10 days only.


"As far as we are concerned, enforcement of the new law can begin as planned, starting this morning," the Defense Ministry told Ynet. "However, there are a few technical matters that must be addressed, but as far as the Defense Ministry is concerned, nothing prevents the law from going into effect from today."



Population Registry figures show that some 60,000 migrants are currently living in Israel. Thus far, anyone caught by the IDF crossing the border has been detained in Saharonim. Most of them are Sudanese and Eritrean citizens who are released a few days later after questioning, without any clarification of their eligibility for refugee status.



The majority receive visas and "temporary protection" status, and are given travel vouchers. With those in hand, they make their way to the city centers – mainly south Tel Aviv, Arad, and Eilat.



The mass migration to these areas is causing a wave of protest among the permanent residents. In south Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood, home to a large migrant community, locals feel that the authorities have failed to stand by them and that they have thus far have not seen even a suggestion of a solution to the new reality with which they have to contend.



Last week, a Shapira neighborhood activists' committee met in their local community center to try and put together a plan to come up with solutions to the difficult situation.


"We are sick of the public debate that shows stereotypical pictures, like a 50-year-old lady walking around without her hair combed, that give the impression of 'Oooh, how scary – there are Sudanese here," one activist said.

"It's time that the problem was really discussed, that we're offered real solutions," she continued.



The neighborhood activists have decided to try and coalesce a broad spectrum of experts and professionals that will address the issues of the migrant population in the area, similar to those called in for last summer's social justice protests. The recommendations will be published in a mission statement that will serve as the basis for the residents' demands from MKs. Thus, denizens of south Tel Aviv hope to make it clear that the infiltrator issue is a national emergency.



Residents of south Tel Aviv are not holding back their criticism of Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, who they claim has not made himself available to discuss the migrant problem. "How is the city helping us? Let the mayor come here and sit with us, so he can really understand the story," said Yoav.



In response, the Tel Aviv Municipality said that the mayor had worked on the migrant issue for years, long before the matter was in the headlines. The city said Huldai was cooperating with local residents, including the Shapira neighborhood committee, to ease the burden.



"(The mayor) has met with residents many times and will continue to do so. The city's directors are in constant contact with neighborhood representatives. We tour on a regular basis to identify and fix the problem. To that end, the municipality has put together a city aid plan as a cost of NIS 60 million, without any contribution from the government."



According to the city, the plan calls for regular discussions, some of which would include the mayor. "The plan includes refurbishments to (those) neighborhoods and bolstering public safety – patrols with the police, more streetlights, new infrastructure and better sanitation, investment in schools, new community workers, a camera system, and more."



"The municipality invites the neighborhood committee to appoint a permanent representative to take part in these meetings with city leaders, and this month's meeting with the city's director-general."






http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237612,00.html






Photos: Africans arriving into Israel by foot (1-2), Africans in Tel Aviv (3-5)


Added: Jun-3-2012 Occurred On: Jun-3-2012
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  • Just imagine if something is not done about this illegal immigration soon,the size of Israel could not handle these unwanted people especially if they start to multiply and look for government assistance,it is not fair for the Israeli people,if these Disease carrying vermin want to sneak in at night they should be able to shoot them on spot since it is illegal,why should they pay to detain them for three years on Israel's money,Israel already has issues with the filthy arabs living next door to More..

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    • @ZANGADO

      You get sick people, scared people, desperate people, stupid people, retarded people, people who could do with locking up, people we could really do without, pieces of shit people, I wish someone would shoot in the face people....

      But none of them are 'filth'.

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    • @o0Tao0o

      This might be your first reply here who gets my thumb up!

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  • Interesting. Israel may need to build some camps where they could concentrate these undesirables.

    Does anyone else see the irony of this?

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  • They must be retuened to Africa. That is the PC thing to do. They can't adjust to life away from there African homes. Inshallah

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  • Israel is no real democracy.

    In a real democracy everybody is eaqual by the law.

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    • @ObamaCare_4_All http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/gr-turkey-fence.htm

      "...severe overcrowding; many facilities with little or no natural light; a lack of effective ventilation; filthy common areas, toilets, and showers, access to which was limited; dirty mattresses and blankets, which detainees sometimes had to share; lack of call bells; inconsistent and sometimes nonexistent medical care; lack of access to exercise and outdoor open space; confiscation of cell phones and More..

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    • @gafffer We need more real democracies in Africa. Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe should be used as a prime example.

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    • @dumoudan

      I think Mugabe gave inspiration to the current leaders of israel...?

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  • Shouldn't you be welcoming them? People who actually want to live in Israel?

    Does Israel have a humanitarian immigration process? Will it receive Afghan refugees?

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    • @DEADBEEF

      lol maybe they should accept all the Syrian refugess whom your BFF Assad is killing

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    • @golem

      That would be funny!

      large numbers of fundamentalist Sunni surging into Israel.

      I'd actually welcome such an outcome!

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    • @DEADBEEF israel in my opinion doesnt have the room or money to deal with large number of refugees to be put into the population, where are they going to work?...remember israel has a pop. of 8mill and unemployment of about 8% with rising numbers coming to israel...what would you do?

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    • @gafffer

      I'll put my rarely used social-economist hat on.

      In Australia it's been proven that immigrants have a net positive effect on the economy. This is in terms of increase in GDP and improvements in employment ratios.

      Not that I believe a word of it, but that's the official story.

      Note: I once spent two years as a Government labour market economist. Or more precisely as a statistician working as such. I don't believe anything coming out of Government economics research.

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    • @DEADBEEF ok...so what little know web site that never lies do you follow oh wise stat man...

      australia..In 2010–11, a total of 54 396 applications were made for visas under the offshore component of the Humanitarian Program. Of these, 29 793 were made under the Refugee category and 24 603 were made under the SHP category.
      Note: The high demand for visas mean that it may take several years for applications to be decided and most will be unsuccessful

      Pop. of australia..22mil..land area...7-8m More..

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  • this should be good...jews and negros trying to get along....

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