Israel Suspends UNHCR Deal on African Migrants

Israel Suspends UNHCR Deal on African Migrants

The deal, which would have sent roughly half of the African migrants now living in Israel to other Western nations and allowed the rest to remain, was suspended after it angered long-time Israeli residents of south Tel Aviv, where many migrants have congregated over the years.

The Italian foreign ministry has denied Italy will take in migrants under an Israel-UN agreement to relocate 16,250 migrants in the West over five years - which Tel Aviv annulled on Tuesday. The Prime Minister's Office then clarified that Netanyahu had just named those countries as examples of Western countries.

At a news conference in Jerusalem, Netanyahu praised the new agreement reached with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Critics called the deportation plan unethical and a stain on Israel's image as a refuge for Jewish migrants.

In return, Israel would grant temporary residency to one migrant for each one resettled elsewhere.

It said it would "facilitate the departure to third countries to be determined of some 16,000 Eritreans and Sudanese under various programmes, including sponsorship, resettlement, family reunion and labour migration schemes, while others will be receiving a suitable legal status in Israel". The area of southern Tel Aviv, where many reside, is "economically challenged" with "unemployment and social tension", UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler told HuffPost on Monday.

"We continue to believe in the need for a win-win agreement that can benefit Israel, the worldwide community and people needing asylum and we hope that Israel will reconsider its decision soon".

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He said, however, that "despite juridical limitations and growing global difficulties we will continue to act with determination to use all the means at our disposal to get the infiltrated people out of the country".

According to a poll in late January, 66 percent of Jewish Israelis - and half of Arab Israelis, who make up 20 percent of Israel's population - favored the deportation plan. Rwanda agreed to this and began the deportation operation.

From the moment that it became clear in the last few weeks that the third country as an option does not exist, we in effect entered a trap that meant all of them would stay.

But earlier Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a new warning, saying those who approach the fence between Gaza and Israel will put "their life in danger".

"Despite legal restraints and worldwide difficulties that are piling up, we will continue to act with determination to explore all of the options at our disposal to remove the infiltrators", Netanyahu said in his statement on Tuesday.

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