Israel offers to pay African migrants to leave or get jailed

African migrants used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit: Quartz]

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

Israel said on Wednesday that it would pay thousands of Africa migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.

Each migrant will be given up to $3,500 (about N1.2 million) to leave within the next 90 days. They will also be given the option of going to their home countries or third countries.

If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

A spokesperson for Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC that there were currently 38,000 “infiltrators” in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities.

“Beyond the end of March, those who leave voluntarily will receive a significantly smaller payment that will shrink even more with time, and enforcement measures will begin,” the official said.

Israel uses the term “infiltrators” to describe people who did not enter the country through an official border crossing.

Many of the migrants who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan say they came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as economic migrants.

The United Nations refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and Israeli laws.

The Israeli government says their return will be humane and “voluntary”.

And the order exempts children, elderly people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel’s Jewish character.

“We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out,” Mr. Netanyahu said.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    African Christians should not weep.
    Whatever Zionists do is divinely inspired.

    • jide

      am an atheist,and this is funny, dumb african wont learn people don’t respect the black race.

      • Andy Andrew

        You do not need to be an atheist to know that. I am a christian and I know there is very little respect for black people globally.

        • Suleiman Alatise

          This is because the black man does not respect himself, others would have no choice but respect the black by the time he wakes from his slumber.

          • Andy Andrew

            True word.

        • Factual Bob

          Are Nigerians respected even in Nigeria? A German or Chinese labourer is respected and appointed a project manager to control professionals in Nigeria. Israeli government demanding illegal immigrants to leave Israel is the standard practice in all civilized clime.
          Do you think Israel is Nigeria with porous borders that encourage illegal fulanis from all the axis of evil to invade Nigeria and kill Nigerians with impunity?

      • Abdullah Musa

        We should not fault others.
        We don’t like ourselves, and are not ready to compete with others where it matters: science and technology.

    • Dan arewa

      Kanu is Jewish wait black Africans can be Jewish too? Not according to isreal so Kanu has to revert back to? Ahem Biafranism lol whatever

      • Otile

        You don’t make any sense at all. Are you suffering from dementia, or are you just a mad moslem?

  • Dan arewa

    Na whao so Kanu also has to leave his ancestry home, Igbo are getting expelled everywhere they go, first North,South Africa and now Isreal, welcome to enugu lol.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel’s Jewish character. “We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out,” Mr. Netanyahu said. Is this how God asked strangers in the midst of the Jewish nation to be treated? Nigerian Christians, wise up!

  • thusspokez

    Of course, as Igbos consider themselves Jewish, I would think that those now in Israel would be exempted, and therefore not entitled to the $3,500 ‘chop’, although one could imagine scenario where some would contemplate dropping their claim to be Jewish, and claim illegal immigrant status to qualify for the $3,500!

    • Otile

      Bigot,
      You have found your voice again to bash your perceived tribal enemies. Why not try to understand the issue before you jump to your senseless conclusion? Igbo race is not the issue here. The Israeli government is referring to the African immigrants in the Holy Land without proper papers. If you had common sense you would remember that most African illegal immigrants are from your master countries such as Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, not Biafra. Have you been to Israel, when you go there you will surprise your ignorant self to see that there are more Yorubas than Igbo in Israel.

      Knock off bigotry, and senseless hatred from your corrupt head. Don’t tell me that you are not a Nigerian or do not belong to any tribe, lair. Omo ale.

  • Man_Enough

    It is most unfortunate that Africans suffer from chronic case of covetiousness or “long throat” to use the local parlance. Instead of developing our countries we look for nations where the citizens have worked hard over the years to make it what it is. I do not pity any illegal immigrant who is subjected to ridicule or abuse. It’s shameful.