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Slight Drop in Jewish Emigration from USSR Reported

The number of Soviet Jewish emigrants has dropped slightly compared with the previous year’s corresponding period, diplomatic reports from Moscow said today.

The reports said that so far this year 15,000 Soviet Jews have emigrated. Last year’s figure at this time was 15,800. It was not known how many applications were turned down, but according to Soviet statements, 95 percent of all applications are approved. Israeli officials say, however, that only 30 percent are approved,