Almost half of Ukrainians who fled to Israel left the country

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 Almost half of Ukrainians who fled to Israel left the country

According to the Ministry of Social Security, a total of 33,000 Ukrainians have fled to Israel since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February, of which almost half have since left.

Among those who arrived, 4,200 were subject to the Repatriation Law, which allows anyone with Jewish roots to obtain Israeli citizenship.

According to a report released on Wednesday, 14,000 people not covered by the repatriation law have left for other countries.

The vast majority of those who remained in the country — 12,788 people — applied for humanitarian assistance, including psychological support, assistance with buying food, medical assistance and registration in the education system.

Welfare Minister Meir Cohen said most of the arrivals were women, children or the elderly, who received “big hugs from us and help from the government and the civilian population, which is appropriate and proper behavior.”

“Israel will continue to help the citizens of Ukraine until the end of the war, whether it's help here in Israel or the humanitarian aid we send to Europe,” — he added.

Most of the arrivals headed for cities with large Russian-speaking communities, with the largest number, 616, choosing the coastal city of Bat Yam. Another 568 settled in Haifa, 486 — in Ashkelon, 417 — in Netanya, 470 — in Petah Tikva, 434— in Ashdod.

According to existing rules, Ukrainians do not need a visa to visit Israel for up to three months.

In July, the Supreme Court lifted the quota set by Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, which limited entry of Ukrainians who are not subject to the law on repatriation, up to 5,000 people.

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