By Ahura Mujuni Mark and Agencies
An Israel website claims that Israel’s deportation deal with Uganda involves a few hundred hundred migrants .
Haaretz says ,it has has learned that the contacts with Uganda relate to the absorption of only a few hundred migrants, so even if an agreement is successfully concluded, its influence will be limited.
The initial announcement about an agreement with Uganda was made last week by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar at a meeting of the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee. Sa’ar did not cite specific numbers, though it seemed clear from his remarks that the agreement was much broader than has since transpired.
According to the senior government official, if and when an agreement is signed, the state, in the first stage, will offer the option of “voluntary exit” to Uganda to migrants who are in detention facilities.
An Israel official who chairs the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers however refutes claims of the deportation deal with Uganda .
“The government is lying when it declares it has a signed an agreement with Uganda, it’s lying when it says that Uganda is a safe haven for asylum seekers and it’s lying when it claims that this dangerous procedure will resolve the refugees’ distress or that of the residents of south Tel Aviv.” MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) said
The Ugandan government also says it has not signed any deal of a kind with Israel.
A statement issued by Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday described the reports as totally baseless and misleading to the Ugandan public and the entire international community.