Israel Is Offering $5,000 to Undocumented Filipinos Who Want to Go Home
The Israeli government is launching a "voluntary exit program" aimed at encouraging undocumented Filipinos in Israel to go home to the Philippines.
In a memo published on July 3, the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv urged Filipinos who are illegally residing or overstaying in Israel to avail of the "benefit."
"Please be informed that Filipino citizens who are illegally residing or overstaying in Israel, and who wish to return to the Philippines voluntarily, may avail of repatriation and reintegration benefits," the Embassy wrote on its website.
"While the Philippine Embassy encourages all Filipino workers to abide by the terms of their employment contract and the immigration laws of Israel, the Embassy is also working with the Population, Immigration, and Border Authority (PIBA) of Israel towards the humane and orderly repatriation of undocumented Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines."
But the Philippine Embassy did not specify the amount being offered to repatriate undocumented Filipinos in Israel.
Esquire Philippines reached out to Israel's Population and Immigration Authority through its Voluntary Return Department to verify the statement.
"We would like to sincerely help Filipinos living in Israel illegally but want to voluntarily return to their homeland with their families," said the Population and Immigration Authority.
According to Israel's Population and Immigration Authority, among the benefits that undocumented Filipinos in Israel can avail are the following:
• Flight tickets for the whole family to return to the Philipines;
• Repatriation benefits, such as $1,500 initial benefit for each eligible family member;
• Monthly benefits amounting to $300 every month for 12 months for each eligible family member, for a total approximate value of $3,600.
The offer by Israel to Filipinos is up to November 30, 2022 only.
Below is an information sheet sent to Esquire by Israel's Population and Immigration Authority.