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High Court nixes Israel’s quota for entry of Ukrainian refugees

20 9 21

The High Court of Justice on Sunday overturned Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s orders to cap the number of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war who are allowed to enter the country.

Thousands of Ukrainians have come to Israel in the wake of Russia’s February invasion of their country.

Under existing regulations, Ukrainians do not need a visa for a visit of up to three months in Israel. In March, Shaked said Israel would allow some 20,000 Ukrainians who were on tourist visas or in the country illegally before the Russian invasion to remain. She also said Israel grant would visas to a further 5,000 refugees who do not automatically qualify for immigration to Israel under the Law of Return, which allows anyone who has a Jewish parent or grandparent to receive Israeli citizenship.

Shaked also introduced a requirement that Ukrainians fill in an online application form before even leaving their home and heading to Israel.

In ruling in favor of a petition against Shaked’s quota, the court rejected the state’s sweeping assertion that those who........

© The Times of Israel

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