Financial support for organizations assisting new immigrants to Israel has dropped from eight million shekels down to only two million shekels over the past decade, according to information revealed at the Knesset Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Committee meeting on Wednesday.
Moreover, due to the difficult bureaucratic process involved in accessing the funds set aside for these organizations, many of the organizations simply give up. Only 47 percent of the budget is accessed, according to the information revealed at the meeting.
"Instead of encouraging and strengthening the organizations that work to benefit the new immigrants, the government is decreasing its support. At this rate, in a few years the support will vanish," said chair of the committee MK Avraham Naguise (Likud).