Latin American Jews emigrate to Israel during pandemic

By Pablo Duer

Jerusalem, Jun 10 (efe-epa).- Israel is continuing to receive immigrants despite worldwide border closures and a huge drop in population movement due to the pandemic.

Many have emigrated from Latin America which is expected to be one of the hardest hit areas economically by the Covid-19 crisis.

Danielle Tarnovsky lived in Rio de Janeiro until three weeks ago.

The Brazilian city has seen a rising number of deaths from coronavirus as its post-pandemic economic horizon has darkened.

Now she is at an immigration center in the quiet city of Naharia, in northern Israel, where she arrived with her 15-year-old son in search of a better future.

“We came to the conclusion that it was no longer possible to live in Brazil, among other things due to violence, instability and uncertainty regarding the future,” she tells Efe.

Brazil is the second-worst affected country in the world by the outbreak, with more than 739,500 confirmed cases and 38,400 deaths, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

After 10 years working as a secretary Tarnovsky packed her bags and moved to Israel where she plans to work doing “whatever it takes.”

She had never been to the country before and does not speak English or Hebrew.

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