June 26, 2012
Israel deports 150 more South Sudanese
Israel deported 150 more migrants from South Sudan.
A plane loaded with the African migrants, which Israel calls illegal infiltrators, left Israel for South Sudan on June 25. Some 120 South Sudanese migrants had left Israel last week.
The migrants reportedly are leaving voluntarily in exchange for a cash grant and a flight home. Migrants who do not leave voluntarily will be imprisoned, according to reports.
Israel rounded up dozens of South Sudanese last week in immigration control sweeps.
More than 1,500 South Sudanese migrants are living in Israel, according to estimates. Some 600 reportedly have signed statements saying they are willing to be repatriated to South Sudan
Two more group flights reportedly will return to the country next week.
Violence against African migrants has increased in Israel in recent weeks.