The number of Jews emigrating to Israel from increasingly volatile Ukraine has jumped by 142 percent this year so far compared to 2013, the Jewish Agency said Sunday. A total of 762 Jews from Ukraine arrived in Israel in the first four months of the year, compared to 315 in the first quarter of 2013, according to a spokesman for the quasi-government agency cited by Agence France Presse. He added that as the crisis with Russia worsened, the number of arrivals rose dramatically in March and April and more are expected in the coming months.
The spokesman said, "The number of individuals who have formally begun the immigration process is up even more dramatically, as is the number of individuals who have requested information on immigrating to Israel." He explained this was due "to the uncertainty created by the current situation" in Ukraine, where violence has spread to several parts of the country following the overthrow of a pro-Russian leader in February.