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New Immigrants in Israel May Need More Than 20,000 Housing Units

The more than 20,000 housing units planned or under construction for new immigrants during the current year may prove insufficient, it was reported here today at a meeting of the Jewish Agency executive.

The executive was informed that while it was not true to say that a majority of recent immigrants were social welfare cases, many of the newcomers had large families and few had any profession. It was also reported that while only a short time ago, Israel had a surplus of doctors, there was now a shortage.

Eliahu Dobkin, head of the Youth and Hechalutz department, reported that 750 professionals came to Israel last year under auspices of the Professional and Technical Workers Aliyah (PATWA) program and that it was hoped that the number would reach 1,000 this year.