Immigration to Israel from Russia and former Soviet countries up sharply this year
- As of June 1, approximately 5,904 have arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union, an increase of 56.94% from 3,698 during the same period in 2014.
- 2,990 have immigrated from Ukraine, an 85.25% increase from 2014 and more than the total number of 1,982 from 2013, the year before the Ukrainian conflict began.
- Ongoing violence in Ukraine as well as the Russian economic downturn have been credited as contributing to the jump in immigrants.
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