2012 Summary of the Number of Infiltrators
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
December 31, 2012
Thirty-six illegal work infiltrators crossed the border from Egypt into
Israel in December. All were detained and none reached Israel's cities.
Additionally, last week, not one infiltrator crossed the border, for the
first time since 2006.
9,207 illegals – including 3,920 from Africa – left Israel in 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We have succeeded in blocking the
phenomenon of illegal infiltrators. After that there were months this year
in which thousands of infiltrators crossed the border and reached Israel's
cities, it has been several months now that no infiltrator has reached
Eilat, Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv or any Israeli community. At the same time, we
are in the midst of the process of repatriating infiltrators to their
countries of origin, under the supervision of Hagai Hadas
in cooperation with the Population and Migration Authority, which has been
doing its work professionally and humanely. For several months now, hundreds
of infiltrators have been leaving here for their countries of origin and
thousands will soon do so every month until the tens of thousands of people
who are here illegally return to their countries of origin."
Entry of infiltrators into Israel – 2012
January – 2,295
February – 1,503
March – 1,730
April – 1,083
May – 2,031
June – 928
July – 268
August – 199
September – 138
October – 49
November – 40
December – 36
All infiltrators who entered since June were sent directly to holding
facilities and not to Israeli cities.