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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The government on Wednesday launched a new pilot program aimed at encouraging
new immigrants to settle in cities either north or south of the country’s
overcrowded central region. Eleven peripheral cities and towns included in the
The emphasis on enticing new immigrants to settle outside the
country’s biggest urban metropolises comes just four months after the Immigrant
Absorption Ministry announced cuts to its community aliya programs for
A spokesman for the Immigrant Absorption Ministry,
which is sponsoring the new initiative together with the Negev and Galilee
Development Ministry, said that there was no connection between the two programs
and that this was just another format to promote aliya.
“We see the
settling of the Negev and Galilee regions as a real benefit for everyone,”
Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver said in a statement following the
“This program, which aims to strengthen communities in the
Negev and Galilee, is very important and we are delighted to be partners with
the Galilee and the Negev Development Ministry.
“I truly believe that the
state must try to strengthen the periphery, and especially encourage young
people to move there,” she continued.
Regional Development Minister
Silvan Shalom said that the program would allow further developments to be made
in these regions.
“The goal is to increase housing projects, and
strengthen industry and education for new immigrants who want to settle there,”
Aliya organization Nefesh B’Nefesh, which facilitates
immigration from the US and Britain, told The Jerusalem Post that it had been
working closely with the two ministries for more than a year to encourage Anglo
olim to move to towns in the North as part of its Go North program.
North] is an unprecedented pioneering initiative aimed at encouraging North
American and British olim to settle in northern Israel,” a spokeswoman for
Nefesh B’Nefesh told the Post. “The unparalleled $10-million project was made
possible through a generous gift and partnership with the Russell Berrie
Foundation and the Jewish National Fund. It is being strongly supported by both
of these ministries.”
According to information released by the two
ministries, the program announced this week will cost up to NIS
implement and will include the absorption of some 212 immigrant families
the end of this year. Those who elect to participate in the program will
a one-time grant of NIS 1,200 and additional assistance, beyond the
immigration package, in establishing businesses.
The program will also
provide participating municipalities with additional budgets for
entertainment services to absorb new immigrants and their
Cities that will take part in the pilot over the next six
months are Beersheba, Dimona, Tiberias, Karmiel, Migdal Ha’emek,
Nazareth, Acre, Arad, Safed and Katzrin, as well as some completely new
developments in the Negev and Galilee.
Figures from the Immigrant
Absorption Ministry show that some 17,000 new immigrants arrived here in
and while the majority chose to live in central cities, some 2,500 did