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Jewish Agency Attempts to Distribute Newly-arrived Immigrants in Less Congested Areas

The Jewish Agency is making every effort to distribute newly-arrived immigrants in all parts of Israel, particularly in less congested areas, Eliahu Dobkin, Agency immigration chief, told a press conference here today.

Mr. Dobkin said that of 45,000 housing unites scheduled to be built by April, 1951, some 22,000 will be located in rural areas, most of them in entirely new settlements. A program envisaging the settlement of 15,000 persons in 75 existing agricultural colonies was announced earlier by the Agency’s settlement department.

Two new “regional towns” in the north of Israel and two in the south are under-going development, according to an announcement today by the Government Planning Division.

Safad is being developed as a summer resort and Tiberias will become an all-year-round health resort. Affula is being developed into a new residential area for the Emek Valley. In the south, Beersheba is becoming the regional center of the Negev.