Ukrainian Refugee Total Hits 30,000

By Hamodia Staff

An EL AL plane after landing at Ben Gurion International Airport. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM – The 30,000th immigrant from Ukraine arrived in Israel on Wednesday, with many more to come, the Immigration Ministry said.

“Thousands more are expected to arrive in Israel. We are doing everything possible in the government to assist in their optimal integration in Israel,” Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said in a statement.

According to the ministry, nearly all of the new arrivals have found housing solutions, with only 421 still stuck in hotels. Some 3,300 people settled in Haifa, with many others going to Tel Aviv and Netanya.

Nearly half of the arrivals are of working age and the ministry has been helping to promote job training and placement, it says.

“Bringing  immigrants to Israel from a war zone is a national effort,” Tamano-Shata says. “We will keep on going as long as the war continues.”

The report comes just days after the High Court nullified a cap of 5,000 refugees ineligible under the Law of Return that had been set by Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked. Shaked, who maintains that Israel simply cannot absorb so many refugees, said that she intends to bring the matter up for further discussion in the Knesset.

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