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Russian diplomats are concerned about the frequent cases of refusals to compatriots entering Israel.

"There were more than 1.4 thousand such cases in 2017, that is, several every day." On this issue, we are constantly in contact with the Israeli side, we hold meetings at the Foreign Ministry, the last of which was held two months ago, "RIA Novosti's interlocutor reported.

This year the situation has become even more complicated. According to the newspaper "Haaretz", which refers to the Interior Ministry, in the first half of 2018, the Israeli authorities did not allow about 2.2 thousand Russians into the country.

According to the representative of the embassy, ​​the Israeli side recently sent a detailed letter explaining the specific reasons for the refusals, which did not satisfy Russian diplomats.

In addition, cases of ill-treatment of Russians at the border have increased. Foreigners who are refused entry to Israel often complain that they are kept in custody for several days before being sent back to their homeland, the diplomat said.

The Israeli authorities explain the increase in the number of refusals by the fact that Russians have become more likely to apply for political asylum. In Jerusalem, they believe that candidates are guided not by political but economic motives. They enjoy a visa-free regime for tourists, and then make an application for asylum, so that, for the time being, they can get an opportunity to work in the country.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from January to June of this year, 1344 Russians sought political asylum in Israel against 635 for the entire 2017th. In 2016, there were 395 such cases, in 2015 - 14, in 2013 - three, none in 2014, as well as for the entire period from 2009 to 2012.

Earlier, the Israeli authorities encountered an influx of illegal labor migrants from Georgia and Ukraine, who used the same schemes - a visa-free regime for tourists and seeking asylum. The problem was partially resolved by introducing a simplified regime for examining applications from citizens of both countries that were officially recognized as safe for stay.

RIA Novosti https://ria.ru/world/20180918/1528759856.html

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