Over 5,000 immigrants have arrived in Israel from Eastern Europe since war’s start

More than 5,000 new immigrants from Ukraine “and its environs” have arrived in Israel due to the fact the start off of the Russian invasion, the Immigration and Absorption Ministry declared on Thursday.

In accordance to the ministry, some 60-65 p.c of the 5,070 immigrants — around 3,000 individuals — that arrived in Israel as of Thursday afternoon were from Ukraine. The rest were being explained to be from Russia and Belarus.

Another 400 immigrants from Ukraine were thanks to land in Israel later on Thursday.

President Isaac Herzog and his wife, Michal, went to the Caesar Resort in Jerusalem on Thursday to greet the new immigrants briefly residing there.

Accompanied by Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, the president listened to their ordeals fleeing the war-torn region.

“Tomorrow seems to be tricky, since your environment has turned upside down,” Herzog explained to them.

President Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal meeting Ukrainian immigrants in the Caesar Hotel in Jerusalem, March 17, 2022. (KOBI GIDEON/GPO)

“But we are proving again that the Folks of Israel are alive, and when the Men and women of Israel are alive, they can confront any challenge and embrace their brothers and sisters everywhere. The Jewish Company, the Jewish entire world, and Israeli culture are all coming on board to help. As the president of the Point out of Israel, with each other with my wife Michal, we welcome you with open up arms and would like you good achievements. Welcome to Israel!”

Also on Thursday, dozens of demonstrators collected near the house of Inside Minister Ayelet Shaked to protest the country’s refugee coverage.

There has been increasing criticism of the refugee policy, from both within just and outdoors the federal government, notably about caps on the figures of refugees not eligible for citizenship remaining permitted into Israel, as well as their remedy.

The UN estimates that far more than a few million Ukrainians have fled across the border considering that the war started on February 24.

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