Fewer asylum seekers 'voluntarily departed' Israel in 2015

43,000 remain from 64,000 that crossed border in 10 years

04 February, 18:50

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, FEBRUARY 4 - The past year saw a slowdown in the rate of asylum seekers leaving Israel.

    There was a 47% decrease in the number of ''voluntary departures'' in 2015 compared to 2014, according to a report from the interior ministry. At the end of the year in Israel, there were still 43,000 asylum seekers while 3,381 had voluntarily left the country, compared with 6,414 in 2014. The figures show that 73% of those that left were Eritrean nationals, 18% Sudanese and 9% from other African countries. Over the past ten years, more than 64,000 people ''infiltrated'' Israel through its southern border with Egypt.

    Of the 43,000 remaining in Israel, 73% are Eritreans, 19% Sudanese, 6.5% from other African countries and 15% from the rest of the world. (ANSAmed).

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