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Israel is deducting money from asylum seekers’ salaries—and only giving it back when they leave the country

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Since May, a new tax in Israel is deducting 20% of the salary of African migrants and asylum seekers who entered the country illegally.

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Their employers also have to pay a similar tax, of 16%. The money goes to a personal fund made available to the migrants and asylum seekers only when they leave Israel.

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Many are Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers who started arriving in Israel in the mid-2000s, often fleeing persecution.

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Israel says its goal is to help the migrants once they leave the country. But critics say the measure is designed so they don’t feel welcome.

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This is not the first time that the country has tried such measures. Two years ago, Israel started giving $3,500 to migrants who decided to leave.

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