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Israel has been trying to find a way to force between 30,000 and 40,000 African migrants to leave the country. Many of them arrived years ago, when they were minors. At the end of last year, the government said it had signed an agreement with a few African states – not those the migrants were originally from though – to send them there and that anyone who refused to go could face prison. The plan hasn’t been passed, however, and the nations named as host countries deny there was ever a deal.
Then, just a few weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had reached a plan with the UN that would allow half of the migrants to stay put, while the rest would be sent to other countries. Shortly afterward, however, he said the deal was scrapped. So where does that leave migrants in Israel today?
A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and James Vasina.
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