Israel to resettle African migrants

African migrants at the Holot detention centre in Israel's southern Negev desert near the Egyptian border.
African migrants at the Holot detention centre in Israel's southern Negev desert near the Egyptian border.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It reaches deal with UN to send them to Western states

In a surprising about-face, Israel's government has cancelled plans to incarcerate what it terms "illegal infiltrators" from Africa or forcibly return them to the continent.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday announced that his government had reached a last-minute deal with the United Nations Refugee Agency to resettle the African migrants in Western countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'Israel to resettle African migrants'. Print Edition | Subscribe