Dr Mike Evans

More than 21,000 immigrants to Israel since start of Ukraine war

More than 21,000 Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus have moved to Israel since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, with nearly half coming from Russia.

Israel’s Aliyah Ministry reports that most of the immigrants have become Israeli citizens. To date, 10,019 are from Ukraine. Another 9,777 are from Russia, with 455 from Belarus as of Sunday.

More than 28,000 Ukrainians have moved to Israel since the start of the war. Those who are not eligible for citizenship (about 13,000 of the current total) will automatically also have their visas extended through June 30 as the war in Ukraine continues. No decision has been made regarding extending visas for other refugees past this time.

As of May 24, the BBC reported that 6.6 million refugees have left Ukraine. Of the number, more than 3.5 million have fled to neighboring Poland. Nearly one million have moved to bordering Romania, with 945,000 reportedly moving to Russia.

Another approximately 654,000 Ukrainians have fled to Hungary, 473,000 to Moldova, and 446,000 to Slovakia, according to the U.N. An additional eight million Ukrainians are reportedly displaced within the nation itself.

Surprisingly, more than 700,000 Ukrainians are in Germany, making it the nation with the most refugees beyond the border areas of Ukraine. E.U. nations have extended the right to live and work in any of its nations for up to three years.

Many nations have provided support to refugees both in their own nations and internationally. The U.S. has approved the arrival of up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees while offering billions in direct aid to Ukraine for humanitarian and military assistance. Last week, the U.S. approved an additional $40 billion for Ukraine’s defense.

Israel has also provided a hospital in Ukraine, along with tons of humanitarian aid.