Some 5,528 illegal migrants infiltrated Israel through the southern border in the first three months of 2012, compared with only 1,742 illegal migrants who infiltrated Israel during the same period last year, data released by the Population and Immigration Authority revealed on Tuesday.
Over the months of January and February 2012, some 2,406 Eritreans and 848 Sudanis and 220 migrants from other African countries came into the country illegally through the Egyptian border. At the same time 601 people were deported from Israel (some of which were foreign workers and not infiltrators), and 24 have had their status regularized.
In 2011 the majority of infiltrators arrived from Sudan and Eritrea, countries which by international law, Israel cannot deport people back to. Yet the most recent government decision on the matter determined that as southern Sudan has already gained independence, it is possible to deport illegal migrants from that country.
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