The war in Ukraine increases immigration to Israel

The war in Ukraine increases immigration to Israel

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full screen During the last Jewish calendar year, more than twice as many Jews moved to Israel compared to the previous year. Archive image. Photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP/TT

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is blocking migration to Israel – and it is reaching peak levels. The influx of both Russian and Ukrainian Jews is large.

Immigration to Israel has not been this high in two decades, and three quarters are made up of Russian and Ukrainian citizens.

In the last Jewish calendar year, 60,000 Jews moved to Israel, which is more than double the number compared to the previous year when 28,000 were registered. This appears in a statement that Israel’s Ministry of Migration published ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana.

According to the ministry, almost 50 percent of the new immigrants are Russians and 25 percent Ukrainians.

Israel’s so-called Law of Return states that anyone with at least one Jewish grandparent has the right to Israeli citizenship.

In addition, Israeli media reports that attempts by Russian Jews to migrate to Israel have further increased since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization in Ukraine on Wednesday. However, this information has not been officially confirmed.

After Russia and Ukraine, the USA and France account for the most new arrivals in Israel, with six and four percent respectively.