Israeli NGOs battle over call for asylum for Eritrean migrants

A UN Human Rights Council report on Eritrea on Monday recommended that countries with Eritrean migrants grant them asylum and warns “against sending them back to danger in a country that punishes anyone who tries to leave without permission.”

Israeli NGOs, both those in favor and those against granting asylum to the tens of thousands of Eritreans who illegally crossed into Israel in recent years, responded swiftly to the report.

The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and a range of other pro-migrant NGOs called on the state to formally recognize Eritreans in Israel as a group which, under the current circumstances, must be granted asylum.


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