Yadav Raj Joshi
KATHMANDU: Israel will be deporting children of migrant workers of half a dozen source countries including Nepal from July. Israeli government has taken the decision last week to maintain the majority of indigenous Jews in the land.
Most of the Nepalis living in Israel are legal. So, we won’t have a huge impact of the decision, said Prakash Karki, an outsourcer sending workers to Israel. “It will affect around 40-50 Nepali children whose either father or mother status is unknown,” he said.
Migrant workers give birth to children to stay in the country for more than two-year contract period. “Workers want children to overstay,” said Karki.
Around 12,000 Nepalis are believed to be working in Israel which banned Nepali workers in April 2009, citing growing illegal migration. Around 1,000 Nepalis are found to be staying illegally in the country in a study commissioned by Israeli Interior Ministry.
Israeli government has decided to deport 800 out of 1,200 children of migrant workers staying illegally in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported.
“They (children of migrant workers) are liable to damage the state’s Jewish identity, constitute a demographic threat and increase the danger of assimilation,” Interior Minister Eli Yishai was quoted as saying.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyaho and Interior Minister Eli Yishai have agreed to deport two-third children who do not meet residency criteria.