Support and legal assistance for refugees and people seeking asylum

Hotline for Refugees and Migrants

The Hotline is Israel’s leading organisation promoting the rights of refugees, people seeking asylum, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking.

With more than 40,000 people seeking asylum in Israel, having fled oppressive regimes in Africa, Hotline staff and volunteers have spent the last 15 years visiting detention centres, running a walk-in legal clinic and bringing some of Israel’s most important precedent-setting litigation before the courts.

  1. In the last year, the Hotline has welcomed more than 1,000 refugees, people seeking asylum and migrant workers into its walk-in clinic, providing an important service for a community that often struggles to integrate because of legal, language and economic challenges.
  2. The Hotline has also intervened directly on behalf of 70 individuals in legal cases before Israel’s court system. One case resulted in the first refugee status being granted to a survivor of the genocide in Darfur. Mutasim Ali, who has been living in Israel for almost a decade, is one of the refugee community’s leaders.The case not only gave him legal certainty and protection, but also sets a precedent for other survivors.