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Aliyah Rate Up This Year So Far

Immigration to Israel during the first three months of 1989 was 23 percent higher than in the same period last year.

This year, 4,210 immigrants came to Israel between Jan. 1 and March 31, including 1,057 from the Soviet Union, 469 from Romania, 222 from France, 365 from North America and 684 from Argentina.

Tourism Minister Gideon Patt reported, meanwhile, that 137,000 tourists came to Israel in March, compared to 142,000 who came in March 1988 for the Passover season. That is considered good, since Pesach falls in mid-April this year.

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