Poll: 80% of Olim From Ukraine, Russia Who Arrived After War Broke Out Intend to Stay

A Jewish Ukrainian who fled war zones in Ukraine arrives on a rescue flight at Ben Gurion Airport, March 17. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

A poll conducted by the Aliyah and Integration Ministry revealed on Tuesday that more than 80% of Russian and Ukrainian Jews who arrived in Israel after Feb. 24 intend to stay in the country.

The survey was conducted by Professor Ze’ev Hanin. Presenting his findings at the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, he said that over 80% of respondents among new immigrants from Russia and Ukraine want to stay in Israel.

Figures were slightly higher for Jewish immigrants from Russia, with 83% of them responding positively to the question. Meanwhile, over 78% of Ukrainians – who immigrated after Russia’s invasion of their country – said they intend to remain in the Jewish state.

Nearly 70% of the respondents said they were satisfied with their first steps in Israel, with 74% saying they were “very content” with the government’s financial support.

The same number of those surveyed said they were satisfied with their living conditions and their children’s education opportunities.

Among the most pressing issues, the majority of the respondents listed finding permanent housing (66%), stable jobs (63%), and learning Hebrew (74%).

According to the Integration Ministry, since the beginning of the year over 28,000 Jews from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus moved to Israel as of early June. This figure is more than twice as high as for the same period last year.

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