African migrants wait for a bus after being released from Saharonim Prison in the Negev desert, Israel April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
African migrants wait for a bus after being released from Saharonim Prison in the Negev desert
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In a park near Tel Aviv's central bus station, dozens of African migrants waited for Israelis to offer them work, trying to eke out a living in a country where many want them to leave.Only days before, a solution had been announced that would regularise the situation for many migrants and end the potential forced deportation of thousands of others.The presence of African migrants in Israel has become a political issue, and Netanyahu has repeatedly referred to them as "infiltrators".Jewish Israelis opposed to the presence of the migrants say they are only concerned about maintaining the Jewish character of the country.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 are not facing immediate deportation.With the U.N. deal now cancelled, Israel is still reportedly hoping to deport migrants to a third country -- Uganda.But Uganda has said it cannot accept migrants expelled involuntarily.
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