Israel: large increase in Jewish immigrants from Ukraine

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About 230 Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, including dozens of families fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine, arrived in Israel this week.

They were the first in an expected group of more 400 Ukrainians who will arrive before the end of the year. A second flight is scheduled to arrive on December 30, according to a report by the European Jewish Press.

The flights are sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) with Israel’s Ministry of Immigration and Absorption in co-operation with the Jewish Agency for Israel.

A total of 5134 new immigrants from Ukraine have arrived in Israel in 2014, a 174 per cent increase over the previous year, according to Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption, Sofa Landver, who welcomed the new immigrants during a ceremony along with the chairman of the Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky, and IFCJ’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

Earlier this month Israel implemented special procedures to speed up the immigration process for Jewish people from Ukraine’s conflict zones.

(Photo of Jerusalem: Marketa Skornickova)

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