Starting 2018, some 100,000 French speakers immigrants in Israel, many of whom are new who still do not speak Hebrew, will no longer be entitled to social services in their native language.
The French immigrant’s organization Qualita send a letter to the Ministry of Labor and Social Services Minister Haim Katz, asking to continue the existing model in view the need of the French immigrants for vital services.
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In a statement released on Sunday Qualita CEO Ariel Kandel said: “Thousands of immigrants from France, including elderly citizens, children with special needs, women with disabilities, youth and at-risk populations, single-parent families, female victims of violence, at-risk youth and more, won’t receive social services. 2018 is just around the corner and the immigrants from France are concerned.”
“Until the beginning of the project,” Kandel wrote, “all these did not apply to the welfare services because of the language barrier. The cancellation of the plan constitutes a step backward, and I call upon the Minister of Welfare not to cancel The plan.”
Jewish French immigration fail to successfully integrate in Israeli society
Although the “Absorption project” has been implemented by the government decision in 2015, so far the necessary funds have not been assigned for its continuation in the year 2018. The employees trained under the program will be fired. and Thousands of immigrants will remain without an adequate response from the authorities.
In this situation, thousands of new immigrants from France who receive French services in the fields of welfare, old age, handicaps, etc., most of whom do not speak Hebrew or have difficulty understanding the language, will remain without proper response from the authorities.
Qualita organization, established in June 2015 by French Jewish philanthropist and businessman Mark Eisenberg, is the umbrella organization of immigrants from France in Israel. Qualita aims to help aliyah from France and improve their absorption in the Israeli society – thereby contributing to solving problems affecting the entire Israeli society. Since its inception, the association has significantly improved the chances of success of the French immigrants in Israel and strengthened the economic, social and spiritual contribution of aliyah from France.