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Report: Rise in number of Russian Jews leaving Israel

June 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

A new report revealed an increase in the number of Russian Jews who migrate from Israel to other countries or to their original home in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

The report, released by the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, revealed that 38 per cent of the total 290,300 immigrants who left Israel without return within the past 14 years are Russian immigrants.

According to the report, the main reasons for their reverse migration include the “glass barrier” which prevents their progress in the occupational ladder, lack of separation between religion and state especially in the matters of marriage, burial rituals, in addition to the stereotyping of Russians and discriminated on the public and official levels.

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The committee held on Wednesday an emergency session following the release of the report published in early May which pointed out that one in six Russian immigrants leave Israel and that the percentage could rise if the relevant authorities do not provide appropriate solutions.

According to official data, nearly 650,000 people from the former Soviet Union immigrated to Israel – including 185,000 people under the age of 20 – between 1990 and 1996.