In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo, asylum seekers march during a protest outside Israeli Prison Saharonim, in the Negev desert, southern Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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Thousands of African migrants in Israel will be resettled in countries including Canada, Germany and Italy under an agreement reached with the U.N. refugee agency, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday. "This agreement will allow for the departure from Israel of 16,250 migrants to developed countries, such as Canada, Germany and Italy," Netanyahu announced.He made the statement in televised remarks after Israel said it had scrapped a controversial plan to deport migrants to an unnamed African country and replace it with a new one that would see thousands sent to Western countries.According to Interior Ministry figures, there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, half of them children, women or men with families, who were not facing immediate deportation.Migrants began entering Israel through what was then a porous Egyptian border in 2007 .
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