Why Are African Immigrants Choosing to Leave Israel?
It’s an offer they can’t refuse. That’s one interpretation of a yearlong investigation into Israel’s program to convince detained refugees from Eritrea and Sudan — many of them forsaking livelihoods and asylum petitions — to board one-way flights to Africa. After arriving, the men say they’re pressured to sneak into third countries, such as war-torn South Sudan, ending up as undocumented fugitives. Refugee advocates say that outcome’s intentional, but officials in Israel, backed by its courts, say the program is humane despite its volunteers reportedly facing destitution, imprisonment and sometimes, death.