Uganda denies deal with Israel to host African migrants
Wednesday January 3 2018
African asylum seekers protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, on January 7, 2014. Uganda has denied deal with Israel to take in African migrants who have been ordered to leave the country or face imprisonment. PHOTO | AFP
Uganda's denial comes after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.
Described as "infiltrators", the 38,000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, will have until the end of March to leave.
Each will receive a plane ticket and $3,500 (2,900 euros) to do so. After March, this amount will decrease and those who continue to refuse to go will face arrest.