Gov’t Allocates NIS 90M to Facilitate Russians Fleeing War


Flags are seen during a ceremony for Ukraine Independence Day and a protest against the Russian invasion to the Ukraine in Tel Aviv on Aug. 24. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israel has approved a NIS 90 million budget that will help facilitate the tens of thousands of olim coming to Israel in the coming months following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Following recent events in Russia and Ukraine, and especially that announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin about the conscription of 300,000 civilians into military service to fight in Ukraine, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman and Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata submitted to the government on Sunday a decision that adds NIS 90 million for immigration absorption.

“We expect tens of thousands of olim in the coming months. We are preparing for this,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said during the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

A ministerial committee to map out the needs and government preparations for this wave of aliyah approved the motion.

At least 5,400 Russians have arrived in Israel in the past weeks since Putin announced the conscription orders.

Israel has received about 40,000 refugees from Ukraine and the surrounding countries since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The Ministry of Immigration and Absorption estimates that future trends in immigration to Israel pose a great challenge to Israel, as the rate of immigration will continue and even increase due to geopolitical developments in the countries of the former Soviet Union and the continuation of the war in Ukraine.

The country is preparing for a wave of tens of thousands of immigrants who will come from Russia in the coming months.

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