Israel: Filipino women workers banned from children on pain of deportation

In Israel, a Filipino female worker and her 13-year-old son, born in Israel, were about to be deported Sunday night before being placed in an airport detention area, according to an association. who supports them. The young woman, Rosemarie ...


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Demonstration in Tel Aviv of children born in Israel and Filipino origin against deportations, August 6, 2019. Gil COHEN-MAGEN / AFP

In Israel, a Filipino worker and her 13-year-old son, born in Israel, were about to be deported Sunday night before being placed in a detention area at the airport, according to an association that supports them. The young woman, Rosemarie Perez and her son Rohan symbolize the case of hundreds of women who have legally come to Israel to work but who are forbidden to have children, on pain of being deported.

Rohan is a young boy " born to a mother who came to Israel to work and care for the elderly around the clock, six days a week, a job no one wants to do here, " says Beth Franco, door - the United Children of Israel association, which defends the rights of the children of immigrant workers, whom we have reached by phone.

" Rohan, his son, was born here, he studied here, he grew up here, has the mentality of here, he is completely Israeli ."

Forbidden child by contract

Mobilization of support to Rosemarie Perez and her son Rohan, threatened with expulsion from Israel on the United Children of Israel's facebook page. UCI-United-Children-of-Israel

But when these women come to Israel, they do not have the right to start a family: " They sign a contract that they are not entitled to have a child in Israel," says Franco. If so, they must send it to their country, otherwise they lose their visa. They become illegal automatically.

But what can you expect from young women who come here to work? They are young, they go out, they fall in love ... Before bringing people to Israel, we had to think about the future. Now the authorities are trying to expel these women and their children and at the same time they are bringing in new workers every day. "

What logic will it answer? Ask again Beth Franco. Some 28,000 workers from the Philippines reside in Israel. Most are employed in personal or home care and their visas are conditioned to the fact that they do not start a family in the country, except in exceptional circumstances.

ref: rfi