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Euro-Asian Jewish (EAJ) Policy Papers, No 39 (23 August 2020)
New Russian-speaking ole of the COVID-19 times: aspects of picture

The dynamics of emigration from the Jewish Diaspora to Israel is a complex phenomenon, including the combination of numerous “pool” and, especially, “push” factors. The waves of Aliyah from the (F)SU of the recent decades is not an exclusion, although the so-called “Putin’s Aliya” of the second half of the 2020s, similar to previous ones, had their unique dimensions. The current, let us call it “Corona Aliya” which is underway now is likely to have much in common with those, who came from the USSR and post-Soviet states in the 1990s, rather than with Putins’ Aliya wave.

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Former officer in the military prosecutor's office of the Israel Defense Forces, currently an expert in migration law, president of the largest Russian-speaking bar association in Israel; member of the Public Council of the Russian Jewish Congress, and member of the Board of the Israel-Russia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.