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Israel ‘sending away African migrants’

israel-800x445Grappling with a huge influxes of migrants and refugees, Israel is reportedly ‘sending away African migrants’ to other countries under secretive deals. Europe is also battling the issue and last year the EU proposed an ‘African trust fund’ to pay countries billions of dollars if they agree to take back their economic migrants.

African illegal migrants walk out of the Holot detention center in the Negev desert in southern Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 Photo: AP /Tsafrir Abayov

Israel is reportedly sending unwanted African migrants to other countries under secretive deals which may be in breach of international law, reports suggest.

According to the BBC, the “Israeli government refuses to name the third countries involved in the deals, but [there are] people who say they were sent to Rwanda and Uganda”.

Israel and various European countries have been battling to manage huge influxes of migrants and refugees, with thousands fleeing from conflict areas in the Middle East and Africa, in search of better living conditions.

Last year, the European Union (EU) proposed various initiatives to deal with the influx of migrants including an ‘African trust fund’ to pay African countries billions of dollars if the countries agree to take back their economic migrants.At a migration summit in Valetta, in Malta, European leaders offered African countries about $2 billion if they agreed to who take back their nationals who do not qualify for asylum.

The Trust Fund would “benefit” about 24 countries within the major African migration routes to Europe. The identified routes include, the Sahel region and Lake Chad area, the Horn of Africa region and countries within the north African region.

According to the European Commission, the trust fund would help to help bring stability in the regions and to “contribute to better migration management. More specifically, it aims to address the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration”.

The first EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa project commenced in December last year, a month after the Valletta Summit.

(Africa Leadership magazine)

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  1. Greetings Lin! I just sent an email to Clive, and now I see your note!!!! A double win!!! And yes, Ethiopia was ountatsding! We had some amazing wildlife experiences there too, but as I mentioned to Clive, our time at Save is one of our best memories of all our African travel! Also, it appears Zim may now be back on our trip leading menu as things have certainly settled down there. It would be great to make a return trip to see you (and the wild dogs) again some day soon! Dee & I are in Africa often, so we will keep in touch and make a point of doing that! And yes, the Ethiopian wolf sightings we had were fantastic: we saw 5 in 3 days, and witnessed mating, hunting, nuzzling, digging out of the mole rats, and so much more. And gelada baboons (sat right in troops of them), the ibex (witnessed head butting of big males), mountain nyala (possible 100 of them), and so many new birds. What a wonderful place.Keep well, and pls know your lovely painting is something we enjoy every day here in our home!!!!! All our best, Brian (and Dee passes on a huge warm greeting too!)

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