Haaretz, Dec 1, 2017

Tzaga, a 29-year-old asylum seeker from Eritrea, works in a minimarket in Rishon Letzion every day from morning until it closes late at night. Over the past six months, since the so-called deposit law went into effect, requiring Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to deposit 20 percent of their salaries for a special fund that will repay them only when they leave the country, many of them find it difficult to make a living.

After the 20-percent deduction, Tzaga’s monthly salary totals 4,200 shekels ($1,200); Israel’s legal minimum wage is 5,300 shekels for a 43-hour work week. “Everything I buy less,” she says. “Less food, less clothes, less shoes. My girls don’t get everything they need.”


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