Law enabling gov’t to deport infiltrators illegally residing in Israel passed by Knesset, paves way for closure of Holot detention center.
David Rosenberg, 12/12/17 09:25
Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants crossed into Israel over the past decade via the southern border with Egypt. Most of the infiltrators came from Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and other countries in northeastern Africa.
Following the construction of the border fence along the Israeli-Egyptian frontier, illegal border crossings plummeted by more than 99% – but only after nearly 60,000 illegal immigrants entered Israel prior to the construction of the fence in 2012.
In 2014, the Netanyahu government implemented a “carrot and stick” policy to reduce Israel’s illegal immigrant population, then estimated at around 55,000. Under the plan, the government offered cash payments of $3,500 to illegal immigrants who voluntarily left the country either for their countries of origin or for ‘third-party’ states which had cut deals with Israel to accept illegal immigrants in exchange for monetary compensation. Those infiltrators who refused the offer were detained at the Holot and Saharonim detention centers.