Israel's Plan to Deport African Migrants Has Been Suspended—But the Fight Is Far From Over
The Supreme court has given the government until March 26 to "provide more information on the plan."
Israel's controversial government plan, which would force African migrants to leave the country or face prison time, has been suspended by the Supreme Court, after legal action was taken by a group of Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants, reports BBC Africa.
The plan originally gave African migrants, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea $3,500 to leave voluntarily or face detention or possible deportation.
According to BBC Africa, the plan would affect single young men specifically, and would exclude women and children and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
Though this suspension appears to be good news for the country's over 40,000 African migrants, the fight is far from over. On Thursday, the court gave the government until March 26 to provide more information on the plan. The government cannot carry out any deportations until then, but a final decision has not yet been made.
The targeted plan was first brought to light in January, and was largely condemned by the global community, with the UN and other international organizations stating that it violates both international and Israeli law.
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