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Ministers launch ‘intensive’ effort to deport 40,000 migrants

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri say a “historic” and “intensive” effort to deport tens of thousands of illegal migrants will begin this week.

In a joint statement, the ministers say that in the coming days, migrants — most of whom are from Eritrea and Sudan — will be forced to choose between voluntary emigration to a third country or prison.

On Wednesday, a special cabinet meeting will convene to approve the plan, according to the ministers.

The Population and Immigration Authority will soon notify the migrants of their options, say the ministers.

Public Security MInister Gilad Erdan, left, speaks with then-Minister of Economy Aryeh Deri in the Knesset assembly hall, May 25, 2015, Jerusalem. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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