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Emigration of Soviet Jews Is Reported Up

May 02, 1987|From Reuters

GENEVA — Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union totaled 717 people in April, the highest number to leave during any month in nearly six years, the Intergovernmental Committee for Migration said Friday.

The figure, based on arrivals in Vienna, was up from 470 in March, 146 in February and 98 in January, a committee spokeswoman said. It was the highest level since July, 1981, when 1,000 Soviet Jews were allowed to leave.

The committee said that 943 Soviet Jews emigrated in 1986, the second lowest annual total since a peak of 51,339 in 1979.

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