Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver met with various Aliyah (immigration to Israel - ed.) groups Monday, as well as the project managers for the mass Aliyah program being funded for French Jews, where she vowed to make the process easier for potential immigrants.
Landver stated during the meeting that, on Sunday, she would present to the government an updated proposal to remove barriers to immigration into Israel.
Among other things, this update includes the Ministry of Education expediting the process for transferring over academic diplomas into the Israeli system, allowing immigrants to begin the process while still residing in their country of origin.
Teachers without suitable teaching licenses, specifically, will be given the option to study a specific program to allow their degree to be updated to Israeli standards and thus allow them to work soon after landing in Israel.
The minister also noted that she presented the Civil Service Commissioner and Wage Commissioner alternatives to lower the cost of notarized translations of documents for new immigrants to allow easier entry into the workforce.
A national volunteer network will handle requests from immigrants from France and will link them with more experienced French immigrants to aid the rising demand for French Aliyah, she added, especially after recent events in Paris.
"We are working to facilitate and shorten the process of integration of the new immigrants to the Israeli workforce, which will surely contribute to the Israeli economy," Landver stated.
"Easing the Aliyah process is part of a pattern of action that focuses on improving the relationship with immigrants and matching the activities of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption to their needs, so as to make the decision to move to Israel easier and create the feeling of a warm welcome."
France has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitism in recent years, and it flared particularly in 2014 and during Operation Protective Edge, with violent protests in Paris.
France led the list of countries from which Jews made aliyah to Israel in 2014, with almost 7,000 new French immigrants, more than double the 3,400 who came last year.