MENA Regional News: Concern that approximately 25 Eritrean asylum seekers in Israeli prison might face imminent deportation to Uganda or Eritrea

The threat of indefinite or long term detention is reportedly being used in Israel to force asylum seekers to ‘voluntary return’ to Eritrea and Sudan.

As reported by IDC member, Hotline for Migrant Workers (HMW), ‘while Israel does not forcibly deport Eritrean and Sudanese nationals, in the past few months it has placed considerable pressure on detainees from these countries to sign consent forms to “voluntary return,” stating that they have no chance of being recognised as refugees and that they will remain in prison for at least three years and perhaps indefinitely. Under the Anti-Infiltration Law, asylum seekers from “enemy states”, such as Sudan, are to be detained indefinitely.’

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