Haifa threatens businesses that employ African migrants (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ahiya Raved Published: 06.04.12, 22:47)
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Municipality tells local business owners they must fire illegal
workers or risk losing license. Employer: In the end they´ll have to
roam Israel like gypsies
While only a few hundred foreign migrants reside in Haifa, the city
is already taking steps aimed at preventing it from becoming another
south Tel Aviv: A missive that was recently distributed among local
businesses said they would lose their license unless they fire any
foreigners who are being employed illegally.
According to a Channel 2 report, which was aired Monday, city
inspectors visited local businesses to check whether they were
employing foreigners who did not carry a work permit.
The measure followed protests in a number of other Israeli cities
against the constant influx of African migrants into the country.
The memorandum read: "According to information obtained by our
offices, it appears that you are employing foreigners who do not have
work permits. You are required to put an immediate end to these
In the letter, the city threatened to take legal action against
business owners who fail to comply. One of the measures, the
municipality stressed, includes revoking the said business´ licenses,
a move that would ultimately lead to their closure.
A local business owner said city inspectors began searching for
illegal foreign workers last week. "I have an Eritrean worker who has
both work and residency permits. I told this to the inspector, but it
did not interest him. A few days later I received a phone call from a
senior city official who warned that my license would be revoked if I
didn´t fire (the worker), and yesterday I got the letter telling me
that I have to fire him or risk losing my license.
"Without a license it would be very difficult for me to keep the
business up and running," he said.
The business owner said he employs Jews, Muslims, Christians and one
Eritrean. "They are good workers who are willing to do everything and
treat their work seriously. There is a sense that they are trying to
drive the (African workers) away from the area by threatening us.
Eventually they will be forced to roam the country like gypsies," he
said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/04/12)
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