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Emigration Decline Not Cause for Alarm

Jewish Agency officials said today they were not alarmed by the abrupt decline in the number of Jews emigrating from the Soviet Union last month. Only 1600 arrived during Feb. compared to 2500 in Jan. The officials said the drop could be the result of seasonal factors and that it was too early to attach any serious significance to it. They acknowledged, however, that during the past two months, more than 100 Jewish families in Moscow were denied exit visas. Reports reaching here note a similar rise in rejections in other Soviet cities.

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