The rising trend of illegal African infiltrators leaving Israel and going back home continued in early January, when their numbers were whittled down by another 250 who left voluntarily despite a protest campaign to convince the world they had not place to go.
Last year, slight more than 2,600 illegal Africans left Israel voluntarily. If the January rate continues, the number this year will be around 6,000.
One incentive for those leaving voluntarily is a $3,500 stipend from the government.
The protest movement, encouraged by leftists and foreign activists, will take its campaign next week to Israeli embassies to draw media attention to their claim that they are “refugees.”
Israel is examining the status of tens of nearly 50,000 illegal African infiltrators, and those who are deemed as refugees will be able to remain in Israel. Most of those checked so far were determined to have left their countries to seek a higher standard living in Israel.