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“Through Hidden Corridors” New trends in human trafficking which exploit the asylum system in Israel

Since 2016 there has been a sharp rise in the number of Ukranians and Georgians applying for asylum in Israel. Data collected by the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants shows that Israeli entities, including human resource companies, are involved in this rise by spreading mis-information in the the Ukraine and Georgia about the possibility of working legally in Israel.
Due to the backlog at the Population and Immigration Authority’s Refugee Status Determination Unit (RSD) in Tel Aviv, the processing of asylum applications can be very slow. The dysfunctional asylum system is therefore being exploited to bypass the regulatory system for bringing migrant workers to Israel.

“Through Hidden Corridors” New trends in human trafficking which exploit the asylum system in Israel
In a new report “Knocking at the Gate” the Hotline points out the failures to access the asylum system due to the sharp increase in arrivals from Ukraine and Georgia.
Clients who contacted the Hotline informed us that as of January 2017, the Ministry of Interior stopped receiving new asylum applications – a violation of the country’s commitment to the Refugee Convention, and a contradiction from repeated claims by the Population Authority that they are operating an RSD system in line with international standards.
Knocking at the Gate – Flawed Access to the Asylum System due to the influx of applicants from the Ukraine and Georgia

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