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Israel official: Africans agree to go to Uganda

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 2:17 a.m.

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says dozens of African migrants have accepted an offer to relocate to Uganda.

The announcement comes weeks after officials said a third country would begin to accept migrants in Israel.

About 50,000 African migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, have poured into Israel in recent years. The Africans say they are fleeing persecution and danger. Israel says they are job-seekers, but does not deport them because they could face danger in their conflict-ridden countries.

The official said Israel paid $3500 each in recent weeks to about 30 migrants who agreed to leave for Uganda.

Israel also recently began sending African migrants to a new detention center in Israel's south.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publically on the matter.