The South Sudanese government will send a delegation to Israel this week to coordinate the repatriation of South Sudanese citizens who are illegally in the country.
According to a Foreign Ministry source, immigration officials from South Sudan will meet with officials from Israel’s Immigration and Population Authority.
On Sunday, a plane will take off for South Sudan with around 200 South Sudanese nationals aboard, bound for the capital Juba. The group consists largely of people who had decided to return home before the deportation operation began this week. They also signed a document stating their willingness to be repatriated.
“People who are being picked up on the street or who approach the immigration authority are being told that if they don’t sign the document, they won’t be allowed to collect their belongings and will remain in custody, so I have my doubts about how many are leaving of their own free will,” said Dr. Rami Gudovitch, a migrants’ rights activist and head of community relations for the Levinsky Library.
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