In august we shared with you Lola’s story, which details various violations of workers’ rights and harmful employment tactics. This is the reality for many of the 40,000 asylum seekers from African countries, mainly Eritrea and Sudan, who seek refuge in Israel. Lola and many others suffer measures such as “the deposit law” which orders employers to deduct and set aside 20% of the asylum seekingemployee’s salary to a governmental fund, which, in theory, will only be redeamable if the asylum seeker leaves Israel. In theory, many employers neglect to actually deposit the sums they reduced from the workers’ salary, and simply leave it in their own pockets.
Voice of America – VOA  reporters came to us to talk with Lola, and those who help her and other asylum seekers, like our Noa and Michael. Hear what they have to say.