Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today (April 2, 2018) that thousands of African migrants in Israel will be resettled in several Western countries, including Canada, Germany and Italy under a new agreement reached with the United Nations refugee agency, according to the Times of Israel website.
"This agreement will allow for the departure from Israel of 16,250 migrants to developed countries, such as Canada, Germany and Italy," Netanyahu said. Others will go to Scandinavian countries.
He made the announcement in televised remarks after the government said it had scrapped a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replaced it with a new one that would see thousands sent to Western countries.
Under the agreement -- which Netanyahu said was "the best possible" -- the African asylum seekers who remain in Israel will be dispersed in areas across the country outside of south Tel Aviv, where a majority of them currently reside. The deportation decision has resulted in several civil rights organizations to criticize Israel as being a racist nation.