Israel has welcomed over 25,000 new olim (immigrants) since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February. Operation Come Home was established to rescue refugees and absorb immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, and Belarus.
Most of the new arrivals were housed temporarily in hotels before being dispersed to the various cities for permanent residence. Ministry officials and local authorities were in close contact with the latest arrivals, helping them acclimate to their new country.
“With a strong hand and an outstretched arm and overflowing fury I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered” Ezekiel 20:34 (The Israel BibleTM)
Haifa welcomed the most Ukrainians with 2,707 new immigrants, followed by Netanya with 2,438 new immigrants, and Tel Aviv-Yafo, which has absorbed 2,324 new immigrants. Israel has absorbed the most Ukrainians per capita since the Russian invasion than any other Western country without a land border with Ukraine.
The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal, United Hatzalah, and Jewish groups and donors from around the world are bringing Ukrainian Jews to Israel.
There are an estimated 200,000 Ukrainians who are eligible for Israeli citizenship through the Law of Return. There are roughly half a million Israelis of Ukrainian descent.
Over the past three years, Israel has absorbed more than 100,000 new immigrants worldwide.
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