“Under the guise of law, money is being stolen”: the state again fails to deal with asylum seekers.

A year after the Pickadon Law (or Deposit Law) came into effect many complaints have arisen noting the failures, negligence and evasion by the authorities in implementing this law. Asylum seekers who want to leave Israel voluntarily, find that the money deducted from their wages has not been deposited into their designated accounts, and are forced to either cancel their flights or give up the money they earned. Meanwhile, employers complain of difficulties in depositing the money while state authorities send applicants to receive assistance from local nonprofits.

Even in the eyes of the employers the Pickadon Law (or Deposit Law) does not work: “The problem is what happens in reality. You cannot come to your employee, which you see working hard every single day, and at the end of the month tell him – I am taking 20% of your paycheck. It simply doesn’t work.”

Kav LaOved will continue to fight against this unjust law, that only enables the further exploitation of an already vulnerable population.


Full article in hebrew – https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5243367,00.html