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Report on Soviet Olim in Israel

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Some 85 percent of Soviet olim with university training find employment in their own fields and only 15 percent need to change their work, according to a report submitted to yesterday’s session of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting here. Sixty-six percent of Soviet-olim over 18 years old are working within one year of aliya, compared with 52 percent of other olim. The Board of Governors will lunch tomorrow with President Ephraim Katzir his first public function.

The report also stated that 77 percent of Soviet olim are satisfied with jobs compared with 62 percent of other olim; and 53 percent of the Soviet olim settled on the coastal plain, 38 percent in development towns and 8 percent in Jerusalem. Jewish Agency Chairman Louis Pincus told the Board of Governors that 28,000 olim can live in existing absorption centers, and that rooms for 1250 more were planned. The Agency also has nine special centers for elderly olim.

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