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South Africa, Argentina Aliya Leap

Recently published official aliya figures show a 33 percent rise in the number of newcomers from Argentina and a leap of some 180 percent in arrivals from South Africa where racial strife threatens the country. The figures for the period January-August 1977 compared with the same period last year, were: Latin America, 2278 – 1692; South Africa, 1021 – 380.

The figures were collated by the Jewish Agency’s aliya department and presented by its head Uzi Narkiss at a recent meeting of the Agency Executive. Overall aliya figures for the same period show a slight rise, 13,495 compared to 12,716 in the same period last year. The proportion of Soviet olim among these was 4719, 163 more than in the same period last year.