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Aliya from the West Down by Some 30%

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Immigration from the West dropped by about 30 percent last year, but overall immigration into Israel rose by 17 percent to about 20,000 in 1984 over 1983, according to Absorption Minister Yaacov Tsur.

Addressing the Engineers Club luncheon meeting here last Friday, Tsur said that 24 percent fewer newcomers arrived from North America last year compared with the previous year; 33 percent less from South America; and 31 percent fewer from Western Europe.

Tsur said that some 300,000 Israelis were estimated to be living abroad, two-thirds of them in the United States. Some of them are working in high technology, an area in which Israel lacks some 15,000 engineers and technicians.

There will be no Daily News Bulletin dated February 18, Washington’s Birthday, a postal holiday.

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