Migrants in Israel to resettle in Canada, Germany, Italy: Netanyahu

Jerusalem (AFP) – Thousands of African migrants in Israel will be resettled in countries including Canada, Germany and Italy under an agreement reached with the UN refugee agency, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

“This agreement will allow for the departure from Israel of 16,250 migrants to developed countries, such as Canada, Germany and Italy,” Netanyahu said.

He made the announcement in televised remarks after Israel said it had scrapped a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a new one that would see thousands sent to Western countries.