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Decline in Immigration to Israel Predicted by Officials; 141,000 Enter in Six Months

A total of 1,500 Jewish immigrants arrived here today aboard the transport Atzmaut, which sailed from Marseilles.

Last month, 16,373 immigrants entered Israel as compared with 23,500 in May, 23,275 in April and 30,720 in March. June was the first month since October that the number of new immigrants fell below the 20,000 figure. In discussing this decline, government officials emphasized that the Israeli Immigration Ministry has not issued any orders restricting immigration.

The average number of immigrants entering Israel monthly during the second held of this year will be at least 10,000 less than the average for the first half, according to official predictions. The total number of immigrants who have come since the establishment of the state is 243,000. of these, 141,000 arrived during the first six months of this year.