Israel plan to forcibly deport illegal African migrants ‘no longer on agenda’ – govt

The Israeli government is abandoning a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who have entered the country illegally. The government had been working on a plan to deport thousands of mostly Eritrean and Sudanese men to a third country. However, it said in a written response to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it was no longer pursuing that option, Reuters said. Israel’s immigration authority still wants to find options to deport migrants voluntarily, while their forced removal “is no longer on the agenda,” according to officials.