During Wednesday’s meeting of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, Minister of Aliyah and Integration MK Penina Tamanu estimated that some 90,000 Jews will immigrate to Israel by the end of 2021.

While briefing the Committee on the preparations of the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration for the expected wave of immigration to Israel due to the corona crisis, Tamanu mentioned the contributions of new immigrants in various areas and stressed the importance of encouraging Aliyah and absorbing new immigrants in the best possible way, particularly with regards to welfare, education, employment and the personal service provided to the new immigrants.

Tamanu informed the Committee that upon assuming office about a month ago, she decided to give the special corona grant to thousands of families that had immigrated to Israel over the past year but are not eligible to receive social security benefits.

Most of the 90,000 Jews who are expected to make Aliyah in the next year and a half are between the ages of 18 and 35, she said. “No Jew has the [authority] to close the gates of Israel. Not in times of distress either,” Minister Tamanu stated, while stressing the need for increasing the number of apartments in public housing.

She vowed to bring to Israel all those who are waiting in Ethiopia to make Aliyah, as well as the members of the Bnei Menashe community in India. Minister Tamanu also mentioned the decrease in the absorption budget of the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration over the past three years, despite the increase in immigration to Israel.