Undocumented Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Israel

February 2009


In recent years, especially since 2006, the mass influx of African undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and refugees into Israel has presented the country with a complex set of challenges. Although a country of migrants, this new trend, which saw the arrival in Israel of more than 13 000 undocumented African migrants over the last three years, brought the Israeli migration reality more in line with the challenges currently faced by EU. The inefficient response has revealed the country’s difficulties in addressing this issue, as well as the inadequacy of its legal framework towards undocumented migrants.

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