Kampala denies making migrant offer
Publish date: 08 January 2018
Issue Number: 756
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Uganda has denied it had agreed to receive thousands of African migrants as part of a deal with Israel. A report on the News24 site notes that the denial came a day after Israel launched the programme to force some 38 000 migrants, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, to leave the country. Israel has not clearly said where the migrants will go, but tacitly recognises it is too dangerous to return the Sudanese and Eritreans home. As a result, it has reportedly signed deals with Rwanda and Uganda, which agree to accept departing migrants on condition they consent to the arrangement. Under Israel's programme, migrants have until the end of March to leave. Each will receive a plane ticket and $3 500 to do so, and those who remain will face arrest.