Uganda Agrees to Host 500 Sudanese, Eritrean Refugees Deported from Israel
Uganda Denies Admitting Refugees to Get UN Money
Uganda’s relief and disaster preparedness ministry has admitted there are ongoing with talks with UN and Israel to have 500 Sudanese and Eritrean refugees hosted in Uganda after Israel kicked them out of the country.
The 500 are part of the over 38,000 who ran to Israel as asylum seekers between 2006 and 2012.
Majority of these 38,000 come from Sudan and Eritrea.
Uganda has accepted to host 500 of these as a third country after Israel threatened to kick them out for threatening Jewish culture and for engaging in crime.
Uganda had previously dismissed as rumours that it was in talks to have some of these economic migrants who had run seek greener pastures in Israel.
MINISTER MUSA ECWERU ON UGANDA ACCEPTING ERITREA, SUDAN REFUGEES FROM ISRAEL
But now junior minister in charge of relief and disaster preparedness Musa Ecweru has admitted the country will accept 500 of these refugees.
“The State of Israel working with other refugees’ managing organisations has requested Uganda to allow about 500 Eritreans and Sudanese refugees to relocate to Uganda,” Ecweru said Friday at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.
“Uganda accepted the 500 refugees from people from Israel & this is not a problem to Uganda,” to relocate to a third party country.”
There had been reports that Uganda will be receiving US$5,000 for each asylum seeker she accepts.
But Ecweru has dismissed this claim.
“The people saying on social media that countries give us money whenever we accept refugees to come in is false,” said Ecweru.
“In fact, we are the ones who spend on these refugees.”
For now, Ecweru added, negotiations are ongoing and “no refugees from Israel have come in yet”.