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UN to resettle 16,000 Eritrean and Sudanese refugees out of Israel

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April 2, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Monday announced a five-year agreement with the Israeli government to resettle some 16,000 out of 34,200 Eritreans and Sudanese in other countries.

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Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa protested in Tel Aviv in January, calling for changes to Israel’s policies on asylum seekers (Photo: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

As a result of the deal, Israel suspends controversial plan to deport the East African immigrants to Africa if they continue to refuse voluntary departure to Uganda, or Rwanda in line with a deal reached with the two countries.

"Under the agreement, UNHCR (...) will work to 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," said a statement released by the refugee agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who signed the deal described it as "a good agreement”.

“It enables us to solve this problem in a way that serves, protects the interests of the state of Israel and gives a solution to the residents of southern Tel Aviv and other neighbourhoods, and also for the people who came into Israel,” he said.

The agreement provides that Eritrean and Sudanese refugees would be encouraged to move out of the neighbourhoods in South Tel Aviv where they have mostly congregated.

By the end of 2017, there were 26,600 Eritreans and 7,600 Sudanese in Israel, according to the Israeli immigration authority. Also, 4500 Eritreans and Sudanese have been relocated in African countries since December 2013.

The deal which will be implemented during five years will be trained in solar energy, agriculture and irrigation for employment abroad or in Israel.

According to the Israeli prime minister, the refugees would be resettled in Western nations, including Germany, Italy and Canada.

European governments are seeking to control the flow of illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East.

The UNHCR says a small number of countries take part in UNHCR’s resettlement programme.

"In recent years the United States has been the world’s top resettlement country, with Canada, Australia and the Nordic countries also providing a sizeable number of places annually," says the refugee agency on its website.

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  • 3 April 10:58, by jubaone

    There is mounting rumours that most of these Eritrean and Darfuri refugees will end up in SS. Unconfirmed sources speak of a dubious deal between the Israeli govt and the Kiirminal to get these refugees into SS in exchange for arms. These refugees will be transported first to Uganda then head on to SS. Apparently, most will settle down in Equatoria as jiengestans are unsafe.

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    • 3 April 11:03, by jubaone

      Most Eritreans, Habbash and Darfuris during 2006-2014 prefered settling in Equatoria instead of the backward jiengestans which are riddled with anarchy, lawlessness and hunger. But displacing Equatorians in lieu for runaways from Darfur or Eritrea is no alternative. We shall hunt them down. No refugee imports to Equatoria. They can go develop jiengestan. case closed. next.

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  • 3 April 22:33, by EastSudanisHeaven

    Salam Jubaone
    As African, Sudanese and Eritrean and other legal refugees have the rights to be resettled legally any where in Africa . Read your SS constitution first
    Secondly without the help of liberal and educated Northern Sudanese and other African brothers and Sisters
    You would have never have a state called Southern Sudan
    Wake up man you will always need us little poor Africans neighbours

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  • 4 April 11:26, by Kenyang ll

    Juba,
    You are tribalist liar and will die a bitter person but not a mark on mighty Dinka. The people you mentioned are friends of South Sudan and are found everywhere across South Sudan. They didn’t come through someone invitation or because somebody bought them.

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