In a drive to expedite what has been touted as the historic final chapter in mass aliya from Ethiopia, the government on Sunday approved an additional budget of NIS 17 million, which will speed up the entire process and also see the opening of a new absorption center in Israel.

The goal is to ensure the arrival in Israel of some 2,200 new immigrants before the end of March 2014. All of those set to come here over the next two years have already been approved for aliya by the Interior Ministry. However, because of lack of living space, most continue to live in dire poverty in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar. Many have been waiting to make aliya for more than ten years.

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