A total of 190,000 foreign workers are employed in Israel today; about half of them are employed with permits while the other half is illegal. In addition, another 50,000 Palestinians find odd jobs in Israel; only 10,000 of them arrive here with work permits.
So how is Israel going to deal with the problem? Will they be granting amnesty? Starting guest worker programs? Nope. Israel has launched a new program that aims to completely eliminate all foreign workers, both legal and illegal, by 2014.
“[F]oreign workers hurt weak population groups and make the strong ones wealthier. Employers save on salary and social benefits, while the unemployed find it difficult to secure decent jobs with a fair salary.
This isn't the first time the Israeli government has gone after foreign workers. In 2002, a program was launched that saw the number of Palestinian workers in Israel fall from 300,000 to less than 240,000 in 2004.