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Soviet Jewish Emigration Dips to 790 in June

Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union dipped in June, with 790 people leaving the USSR, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ) reported Wednesday.

“We had hoped that the June figure would follow the pattern of monthly increases in emigration visas granted during the first five months of 1987. But it appears that emigration has once again dropped.” the NCSJ said.

A report from Tel Aviv Wednesday said the “dropout” rate among Soviet Jewish emigres reached a record high of 85 percent last month. Of the 790 who arrived in Vienna, 121 went to Israel and 669 opted to go to other countries.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that of a total of 3,092 who left the Soviet Union since January, only 714 came to Israel.

The newspaper Davar reported that the deputy director of the Soviet Foreign Ministry’s Consular Division will head a delegation due to arrive in Israel in about three weeks.

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