Incentives for moving into immigrant neighborhoods

Monday, March 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Immigration Absorption Minister Ze’ev Boim proposed a plan for the government to transmit funds into neighborhoods with more than 10 percent comprising of Ethiopian immigrants and offering an incentive to native Israelis moving into these neighborhoods.

“The plan we will present was designed to strengthen the Ethiopian community in Israel,” said Boim. “In the meantime we are funding academic educations for Ethiopian youths, investing in welfare programs and allocating funds for integrating them into the workforce. I hope that the next government meeting will bring tidings to the community, and that the finance ministry doesn't bring our plan to a standstill.”

The plan would allocate 15 state positions for Ethiopian immigrants, fund further programs for teens and boost mortgage funding. Boim is set to form a committee with representatives from the housing and construction and finance ministry.

The committee would study the living conditions and patterns of the immigrant community and note funding given to immigrants, which hasn’t changed since 1994.

There are some 111,000 Ethiopians currently living in Israel. More than 60 percent of the community receives aid from state welfare, four times higher than the general population.

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