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Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Since 2005, thousands of refugees and asylum seekers – many fleeing conflicts in Africa – have crossed into Israel through its border with Egypt. As one of the initiators of and a signatory to the United Nations Refugees Convention (1951), Israel is bound by law to provide refuge for individuals fleeing countries deemed unsafe. Moreover, according to the principles outlined in the Convention, Israel cannot send asylum seekers back to any country where their lives would be endangered.

ACRI ardently advocates for the fair treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. In particular, ACRI actively protests the deportation or incarceration of asylum seekers and refugees, including children, from countries recognized as unsafe-- an abhorrent practice made legal by the Prevention Against Infiltration Law, one of many laws that undermines international law and strips this population of basic human rights. ACRI is an active member of the Refugee Rights Forum, which works to promote recognition of the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees in Israel, including access to employment, the right to family, the right to housing, and the right to adequate healthcare.


On July 9, 2019, 129 asylum seekers and immigrant residents from Petah Tikva, along with ACRI and ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, pe...


Last week, together with Haifa University’s Clinic for Educational Policy and Law and Assaf- Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, we filed a laws...


 Executive Director Sharon Abraham-Weiss at a protest holding sign that reads "We are all refugees."

Sharon Abraham-Weiss

Executive Director, ACRI

“The State of...


Eritrean citizens in Israel are in limbo. On the one hand, it is forbidden to deport them, but on the other they aren’t given anything.

Oded Feller

The director...


In a ruling of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal that was published yesterday (August 14, 2018), the judge called on the state to deport Eritrean asylum seeker...


The Minister of Justice published a new law memorandum that would end government-funded legal aid to “infiltrators.” There is only one problem: It has been ov...


The Israeli government is not deporting asylum seekers to Eritrea or Sudan by force.

For more than a decade Israeli government policy toward asylum seekers fro...


Review – Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Eritrea and Sudan in Israel

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel | ASSAF – Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum...

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