New Immigrants From France

, | updated: 17:12

A group of 55 new immigrants from France will arrive in Israel this afternoon. Half of them are teen-age high school graduates who are beginning new lives in Israel without their families, in the framework of the Jewish Agency's Atid [Future] program. They will study in the Etzion Ulpan program in Jerusalem, while the others will live in Ashdod, Jerusalem and Netanya.

David Rosh, who heads the Jewish Agency's European operations, reports that a 20% increase in French olim [immigrants] to Israel is foreseen for the year 2004. Thus far this year, the number of such olim is 2,222. In 2003, 150 youngsters immigrated to Israel from France, while the number this year stands at 300.