Court upholds policy of ‘voluntary’ departure or jail for illegal migrants

The Beersheba District Court rejected a group of migrants’ petition against the state’s policy to imprison indefinitely those who refuse offers to leave voluntarily to an unnamed third country.

The decision appeared based in part on a High Court of Justice decision in August validating the state’s goal of deterring the arrival of more Africans and shrinking the migrant population of more than 45,000, by using detention as a pressure tactic to get many of them to leave the country.

Judge Rachel Barkai of the Beersheba court upheld the policy of giving some migrants a choice of leaving by accepting an offer to head to a third country, or face indefinite incarceration.


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