Jewish immigrants to Germany from nations of the former soviet union will have an easier time under relaxed regulations announced by the German Government. The new rules will impact older and handicapped Jews, mainly those 60 and older, as well as disabled adults of any age will soon no longer be required to partake in an ‘Integrationsprognose’ which is a prognosis or forecast of integration into German Society to make immigration in Germany easier. Regulations pertaining to family reunification for parents and Jewish spouses also will be relaxed.
From time immemorial Germany has always been a destination for Jewish immigrants from former Soviet Union amounting to even more than 200,000 Jewish immigrants since the 1990’s. While immigration has been made easier over the years it still poses a challenge to leave some of the soviet union’s. This has been leading to an increased number of people ending up being separated from their families due to strict immigration rules set.
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“With the new rules for Jewish immigrants, the federal government has come to a socially responsible decision, fulfilling its historical responsibility,” Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a statement Wednesday. “For that, the Jewish community is very thankful.” More than half of new arrivals to Germany join Jewish communities there, the Jüdische Allgemeine reported. According to the Central Council, the number is as high as 90 percent in some cases. They are welcomed in a community that, according to Deutschlandfunk, loses approximately 1,000 members every year.