Haaretz, Oct 1, 2017

An Ivory Coast national has been imprisoned for five years because he refuses to return to his country but has been unable to find another country that will take him in together with his wife and their 9-year-old daughter.

The state has even barred his wife and daughter from visiting him in jail for the last five years, though he speaks to them daily by phone. The wife is a native of India, while their daughter was born and raised in Israel.

The Population, Immigration and Border Authority tried twice to deport the man to Ivory Coast, but he refused to board the plane. The Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv said it can’t help, as only in Ivory Coast can he get a visa to move with his wife and daughter to India.

When the man first arrived in Israel, he enjoyed the group protection given all Ivory Coast nationals due to that country’s civil war. But in 2012, Israel decided this group protection was no longer needed and deported some 2,000 Ivorians.

The man then sought asylum, but his application was rejected, as was his request to remain here on humanitarian grounds. A few months later, he was sent to Saharonim Prison.

His wife was working in Israel legally as a caregiver when they met, but after their daughter was born, her work visa was canceled. She then received a temporary visa as the wife of someone with protected status, but that was canceled when the Ivorians lost their group protection [....]

 

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