Refugees and asylum seekers - fact box

  1. Most of the African asylum seekers in Israel are Muslims from the Darfur region of Sudan and Orthodox Christians from Eritrea.
  2. Asylum seekers in Israel are offered a sum of US$3,500 to return to their country of origin, or a third country, usually Uganda or Rwanda. There is a high risk of imprisonment and death in those that have chosen to return to Africa.
  3. The Israeli government has no clear policy regarding refugees. Currently they fall under the “Anti-Infiltration Law”, legislation from the 1950s that was originally created to keep Palestinian refugees from trying to return to Israel after the War of Independence.