Requests for the opening of immigration files in Israel by French Jews increased sharply following the coronavirus pandemic, explained Shai Felber, vice-president of the Jewish Agency, responsible for immigration and integration, during a conference.
“Some 1,000 files were opened last May, compared to only 275 in 2019 during the same period,” said the official. The increase would thus be 400%.
“People not only express an interest in immigration, but they also act,” he said. According to him, the percentage of people who will immigrate among those who have opened a file will be 60 to 80%.
The increase between spring 2019 and 2020 is estimated to be 23% in South America, and 50% in North America.