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15,000 Ukrainians will be in Israel by the end of the month

Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked attended a meeting Sunday morning on the state authorities’ preparations for the arrival of new immigrants from Ukraine as a result of the situation there.

The minister reviewed the current situation regarding the entry of Ukrainian nationals to Israel, the situation of Israel in relation to other countries and preparations to absorb new immigrants from Ukraine.

During the meeting, Shaked noted that over 2,000 Ukrainian refugees have already arrived in Israel since the war broke out, with the number expected to top 15,000 by the end of the month

“Since the outbreak of the war, 2,034 Ukrainian nationals have entered Israel.”

“We are on an upward trend. In the first days of the war, there were dozens of Ukrainians who came to Israel but if we look at the past three days: On Wednesday, 351 Ukrainian nationals entered Israel. On Thursday, there were 521. Over the weekend, 605 Ukrainians entered the country.”

The vast majority of incoming Ukrainian refugees are neither Jewish nor related to Jews, and as such are not eligible to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return.

“According to this data and the rate of increase, we are en route to 15,000 Ukrainians by the end of the month, 90% of whom are not eligible to be included under the Law of Return.”

“In the coming days, I intend to formulate a clear policy. Contrary to what is being said in the media, the State of Israel has a broader policy than almost any Western country that does not share a land border with Ukraine.”

“No country in the world, which does not have a visa exemption, has as broad a policy as Israel. For example, in Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK, the policy is not to allow people to board a plane without a visa.”

“We are already dealing with 26,000 Ukrainian nationals present in Israel, most of whom are here without a legal status.”

“It needs to be said that Israel, contrary to all countries, is prepared for a very large wave, to absorb approximately 100,000 Jews and their extended family members who are eligible under the Law of Return, from both Ukraine and Russia. At the moment, Israel is uniquely ready to absorb and give citizenship to the most Ukrainian nationals in the world.”

There is no other country that absorbs and gives immediate citizenship. This is the very great challenge that awaits us vis-à-vis housing, employment and other areas. We need to focus and be prepared accordingly and deal with the number of humanitarian cases that we will decide on in the coming days.”

“It appears that the State of Israel is the western country without a land border with Ukraine that has absorbed the most Ukrainians per capita since the outbreak of fighting.”

Source: Arutz Sheva