Think again before deporting Africans - Opinion

Think again before deporting Africans

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 9:09 am

Friends of Israel — and Israelis themselves — like to boast that despite the tough neighborhood the country is in, walking the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is safer than the streets of New York, Chicago or Washington. While that may or may not be true, it is clear that Israel is safer than Rwanda and Uganda. So the talk of sending some 20,000 of the 38,000 African migrants now living in Israel to these countries raises some concerns.

The African migrants are men, women and children from South Sudan and Eritrea. They claim fear of persecution back home, but critics say they entered Israel because of its strong economy, not for any love of the country or its people. Even so, it is a rule of human nature that people who live under threatening regimes migrate to places that are more wealthy and stable. Europe, with its hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and elsewhere, has recently learned that lesson.

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