Current Data


Approximately 33,500 asylum seekers and  other undocumented people live in
Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

Approximately 7,000 children of asylum seekers and undocumented children live in Tel Aviv-Jaffa; 3,300 of them are between the ages of birth to six.


Most of the asylum seekers live in the impoverished neighborhoods of South Tel-Aviv. Asylum seekers face a harsh reality in Israel, living without legal status, access to vital health and welfare services, legal aid or secure housing. They do not have the support of family, or access to lucrative livelihood opportunities; most people from the community work long hours and collect minimum wage salaries as dishwashers in restaurants, and cleaning hotels and office buildings. The financial limitations have left the asylum seekers families without any financial safety net.


Asylum seekers in Israel also face cultural barriers and language gaps, whilst living within a hostile social climate. Due to this uncertainty and lack of status and rights, these communities continuously wrestle with severe economic, physical and emotional stress. Their constant fear of deportation, as well as rigid government imposed restrictions, undermines their rehabilitation from the traumas of past events, and ability to build a new life for their families.


Asylum seekers and other undocumented people in Israel are ineligible for unemployment services or other government social benefits. Acute hunger and access to nutritious foods remain a formidable challenge.

Characteristics of the
Asylum Seeker Community


  • Lack of economic and family support networks.

  • Minimal services to ensure their needs and rights.

  • Uncertainty about their future.

  • Financial hardship.

  • Cultural and language gaps.

  • Living in a hostile social climate.

  • Traumatic life circumstances. 

Impact on the Children

  • Minimal parental presence due to the necessity to work long hours.

  • Long hours in inadequate settings at the early childhood ages.

  • Wandering outside in a dangerous environment.

  • Nutritional insecurity.

  • Developmental, educational and emotional insufficiency