Germany eases immigration rules for Ukrainian Jews

Germany eases immigration rules for Ukrainian Jews

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BERLIN - MARCH 12: A German national flag flies at half-mast on the top of the Reichstag building and in front of the chancellery on March 12, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. 17 - year old Tim Kretschmer, opened fire yesterday on teachers and pupils at his former schooln in Winnenden near Stuttgart, killing 15 and leaving many more injured. Kretschmer, fled the scene and shot himself dead after being cornered by police. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

BERLIN (AP) - Germany is easing its immigration restrictions for Jews from Ukraine amid reports of an increase in anti-Semitic incidents there since crisis broke out.
   
The German government said Thursday it will give priority to immigration applications from Ukrainian Jews over those from Jews of other ex-Soviet republics and will waive some of the stricter application rules that have been in place since 2005.
   
After the fall of Communism in 1989, Germany established a generous immigration program for Jews who wanted to leave the ex-Soviet Union because of wide-spread anti-Semitism there. It led to an influx of some 200,000 Jews in the last 25 years and the regulations were tightened in 2005.
   
The government said it is watching the situation for Jews in Ukraine closely.

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