Israel quietly deports Sudan migrants 'with UN help'

Their deportation is handled by a foreign NGO and coordinated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Israel quietly deports Sudan migrants 'with UN help'

Israel has been "quietly" deporting scores of Sudanese migrants "with the help of a non-governmental organisation" that routes them through a third country, an official involved in the deportation said on Monday.

Some 200 Sudanese who "agreed to go home" have been given cash stipends and flown out in recent months, and a further 150 will follow this week, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Sudan the migrants go to another country from which they travel separately to their native land, the official said.

Their deportation is handled by a foreign NGO and coordinated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman declined comment.

"We are aware that a small number of people have returned to Sudan," said the UNHCR representative in Israel, William Tall.

Israel has been erecting a wall along its desert border with Egypt and plans to set up a holding facility for migrants.


Agencies

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