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Ministers approve emergency housing assistance for new Ukrainian immigrants

New immigrants fleeing from Ukraine arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on March 15, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
New immigrants fleeing from Ukraine arrive at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, on March 15, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The cabinet approves a plan to provide emergency rental assistance to new immigrants from Ukraine and other former Soviet countries in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February.

The government plan will provide NIS 2,300 in rental assistance per month for a year to individuals, NIS 2,900 for a couple with up to two children and NIS 3,400 to families with three or more children

“Most of the immigrants are fleeing war in Ukraine and arriving after a difficult journey, forced to leave behind all their property and money,” says Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata. “We as a government are committed to helping them and making it as easy as possible for them.”

This financial support will be granted regardless of income and on top of the financial package provided to every new immigrant, as well as the additional aid granted to refugee immigrants.

The Jewish Agency said last week that it has processed more than 10,000 immigrants from Ukraine and Russia since war broke out, and it has received more than 30,000 calls inquiring about immigrating to Israel.

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