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  6/18/2012, Sivan 28, 5772

Ivory Coast Citizens Don't Want to Live in Exile


President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast told Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Monday, that he would like to bring home citizens of his country who are living in Israel. During a discussion on illegal immigration to the Jewish state, Ouattara said he had heard there were 2,000 citizens of the Ivory Coast living in Israel, among a total of 60,000 dispersed around the world. While his country was not sure that all of the 2,000 were citizens of the Ivory Coast, the matter would be examined under full cooperation with Israel.

Ouattara said his country was familiar with the problem, having to care for refugees and having lost a quarter of a million people who fled because of political instability. He said his nation's goal is to develop Africa so its youth won't try to leave for places like Israel or Europe.