In June 2014, the High Court accepted Kav LaOved's petition regarding migrant caregivers' right to healthcare services and determined that "the regulations of health services for migrant workers who have strong affinity to Israel must be brought closer to those that apply to Israeli residents." Today, a year and a half later, the courts' verdict is yet to be implemented.
A baby is born and is almost instantly registered in the population registry of his/her country of birth. In Israel babies who are born to citizens of the country receive, almost automatically, their ID number and become little citizens of the state while still in the hospital. What happens when a baby is not granted a permanent status in his/her country of birth or in the country of birth of his/her parents? This is the story of stateless persons, a groups deprived of even the most basic rights in Israel.
Lately, news broke that the Knesset Foreign Workers' Committee has been eliminated to be replaced by the Transparency Committee. For many years, the Foreign Workers' Committee served as the only venue for discussing the rights of migrant workers and provided an opportunity for these transparent workers to make their voices heard. Sigal Rozen of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants who followed the committee's work from the start, describes the issues addressed by the committee that will now be neglected by the Israeli legislature.
In recent months, Israeli officials have claimed that according to Denmark, Eritrean asylum-seekers are no longer entitled to refugee status. This was based on a report published by The Danish Interior services. But when we examine this claim, an entirely different story reveals itself. Not only was the method of data collection problematic and received much criticism, but Denmark itself ignores the report’s conclusions and continues to approve asylum requests of Eritreans who reach the country.