Israel Admits Asylum Bid Filed by Africans Still Pending, Despite Vowing 'Swift' Review

Despite having failed to carry out detailed checks, Israel also says most migrants are here for economic reasons and are not refugees, while lawyer contends that they include 'torture victims and children in administrative detention under harsh conditions.'

Israel admitted this week that it has not finished examining a single one of the 1,404 asylum applications filed by migrants in the country's detention centers. The state also told the High Court of Justice recently that most of these migrants are labor seekers, rather than refugees, despite having failed to complete a detailed investigation into their backgrounds.