Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center) speaks during the meeting of his Government on Wednesday, January 3 in Jerusalem
Israel announced on Wednesday the launch of a program aimed at imposing 40,000 irregular migrants who choose between their expulsion from the country and incarceration.
At the beginning of a meeting of his cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated himself on the implementation of this project aimed at „leaving the illegally arrived migrants“. They have until the end of March to leave Israel and, if they do not, they will be imprisoned for an indeterminate period.
According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, some 38,000 people are affected by this program, mostly Eritreans and Sudanese. Those who agree to leave will receive a plane ticket and almost 3,000 euros.
The Israeli Government tacitly recognizes that Sudanese and Eritreans can not return to their countries in the framework of this program.
The Eritrean regime is accused by the UN of „widespread and systematic“ crimes against humanity. As for Sudan, its president, Omar al Bashir, is the subject of arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
According to Israeli NGOs that support migrants, Israel has signed agreements with third countries, in this case Rwanda and Uganda, which will welcome volunteer migrants.
These migrants mostly entered Israel illegally through the Egyptian Sinai beginning in 2007. The flow was slowed down with the construction of an electric fence along the border with Egypt.
Israel opened detention centers in the south of the country, where almost 1,500 migrants are subject to a system of semi-freedom. These establishments will close their doors and those who refuse to leave will be sent to prison.