Israel's prison service will begin housing some 90 migrant children in an adult detention facility in the latest crackdown on asylum seekers. The move comes as Israel has deported over 1000 migrants to their home countries and after six minors escaped from a youth holding center where they were awaiting transfer out of the country.
Initially 50 minors will be moved to Givon Prison in Ramle, but an additional 40 beds will be available for more youth. Haaretz is reporting the children will be only temporarily accommodated in the prison:
The incarceration of teenage illegal migrants is meant to be temporary. But for them to get out of jail, room has to be found in a boarding school run by the Social Affairs Ministry or the Education Ministry. Alternatively, they can be released to an adult who would take responsibility for them without remuneration and after meeting certain conditions.more