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Jewish Agency: More than 5,000 Ukrainians inquire about moving to Israel

Ukrainian immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on February 20, 2022. (Courtesy)
Ukrainian immigrants arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport on February 20, 2022. (Courtesy)

The Jewish Agency says that more than 5,000 Ukrainians have inquired about moving to Israel after Russia launched an invasion of their country.

A spokeswoman tells AFP that the agency has set up a hotline following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week to assist Jews wanting to immigrate.

So far there have been more than 5,000 requests, she says.

The agency has also set up six processing stations at Ukrainian border crossings with Poland, Moldova, Romania and Hungary.

The stations “are meant to immediately assist the expected waves of immigration due to the war in Ukraine,” a statement says, and more will be staffed as needed.

Israeli government officials are responsible for evaluating the eligibility of immigration claims.

According to Israeli law, Jews and their children, grandchildren, and spouses are eligible for citizenship.

The Israeli foreign ministry said at least 2,000 Israelis have left Ukraine since Thursday, and estimate that at least another 6,000 Israelis remain in the country.

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