Letter to the Editor: Eritreans in Israel


Dear sir ,

I came across your website because I am interested in the Eritrean problem, here in Israel. Tens of thousands of Eritreans crossed the border from Egypt, and are currently here.

First of all, I would like to know – who does this website belong to / who runs it? I came across it, when looking up Erirtrea’s GDP.

Unfortunately, the Eritrean infiltration into Israel is causing us a lot of problems. First of all, a lot of Israelies who were working in low paid jobs, lost their jobs to Eritreans – because the latter are paid below minimum wage and health insurance + national insurance + pensions rights are not paid out to them (which is illegal in Israel, but is not properly enforced), and they (the Eritreans) are still happy with that – because compared to their wages home, it is significantly higher.

Second, many Eritreans are living illegaly – tens of young men in crowded 2-3 room apartments in south Tel Aviv (Israel’s largest city), increasing the already high costs of housing for local Israeli citzens, and creating a nuisance in those neighbourhood – because of the crowding, many of them urinate in public places and inside buildings, and there have been many cases of Eritrean immigrants stealing cell-phones and bicycles.

The Eritreans in Israel enjoy a “collective protection” status awarded to them by the U.N. which claims (in my opinion unjustified) that conditions in Eritrea are “so bad”, that sending them back to their country would risk their lives.

What do you think about this issue?

Your comments would be appreciated

Author: Italy

By Editorial Team

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