Israel Has Examined Only 250 Out of 1,800 Asylum Requests - and Approved None

Israel has not granted refugee status to a single Eritrean or Sudanese national, even though European states have granted such status to more than 70 percent of asylum-seekers from those countries.

African demonstrators have been calling on Israel this week to examine their asylum requests and recognize them as refugees. Haaretz has learned that of the 1,800 asylum requests made by Eritrean and Sudanese nationals so far, only about 250 have been examined, of which about 155 were rejected. No decision has been made yet on the rest of the applications.