A total of 2,522 immigrants arrived in Haifa in 2015, compared with 2,266 immigrants who settled in the city in 2014 and only 1,768 in 2013, it was revealed during a meeting of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, which was held Sunday at Haifa City Hall. Committee Chairman MK Avraham Naguisa (Likud) said the government must prioritize creating jobs for young people in the north, particularly immigrants, and praised the Haifa municipality for integrating new immigrants in the city.
Haifa Deputy Mayor Julia Shtraim noted that 51% of the immigrants who arrived in the city in 2015 came from Ukraine; 39% from Russia and 7% from France. She said temporary housing is provided to the immigrants during their first two weeks in the city, and during this time coordinators familiarize the immigrants with Israeli heritage through various activities and assist them in the numerous bureaucratic tasks, such as opening a bank account.
Committee Chairman MK Avraham Naguisa
Pini Vagman, head of the Education, Culture and Welfare Department at the Haifa Municipality mentioned that 23% of the city`s residents are immigrants ”and most of them have been absorbed very successfully.” He further noted that about 25% of the residents who are treated by welfare agencies are immigrants (1,831 young families and 2,063 elderly families), adding that the yearly budget of the welfare services provided in these cases amounts to NIS 70 million. Of the 1,360 Ethiopian-Israeli families in the city, 555 are treated by welfare agencies. Some 75% of children of immigrants in the city are eligible to take matriculation exams, which is higher than the percentage among the general population.
MK Sofa Landver (Yisrael Beitenu) said during the meeting that ”Haifa implements excellent initiatives for the benefit of the immigrants, and I thank the mayor for their proper absorption.”