Galia Sabar is a professor of African Studies at Tel Aviv University. Previously she has been the chair of African Studies at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. She has been researching social and political issues related to Africa and the African diaspora since 1984. Her publications include five books, two edited volumes and 30 articles in academic journals. Since 1998 her research focuses on African labor migrants in Israel with special emphasis on their daily lives and their complex relations with Israeli society and politics. Following massive deportation in the early 2000 of undocumented migrant laborers from Israel, she expanded her research to include home-coming patterns. Since 2006 her research has focused on African Asylum seekers, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea who have entered Israel via its lax boarder with Egypt. Prof. Sabar has been active in several Israeli and international NGO's including Jerusalem AIDS Project; Hotline for Migrant workers and refugees, IRAC, Israel Human Right Action. For her work she has received in April 2009 the prestigious Unsung Heroes Award, granted by the Dalai Lama under the auspices of the international organization, Wisdom in Action. In 2015 she was awarded by the Mayor of Tel Aviv a special prize for her international development efforts.