First Jewish migrants arrive in Poland as Israel ramps up Ukraine response

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First Jewish migrants arrive in Poland as Israel ramps up Ukraine response

Jewish Agency officials are setting up processing stations next to at least five border crossings

Michael Daventry is Jewish News’s foreign and broadcast editor

The Jewish Agency says it has begun processing migrants wanting to leave Ukraine next to at least five land border crossings with other countries.

Stations have been set up in Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Romania to help an expected wave of Ukrainian Jews fleeing war following last week’s Russian invasion.

A first group of olim crossed into Poland from the western Ukrainian town of Lviv on Saturday afternoon.

They were put up in a hotel close to Warsaw until they can be flown to Israel.

Migrants are being processed next to at least five border crossings, but more could follow (Graphic: Jewish News)

Israeli foreign ministry officials say they are expecting a “significant wave” of migrants and are making preparations to care for people in the field until arrangements can be made for a flight.

The Jewish Agency added that it was preparing to house olim in hotels in countries bordering Ukraine.

Officials are preparing for a significant number to relocate to Israel.

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