More than a quarter of the children of new olim were living below the poverty line, an Immigrant Absorption Ministry report said Monday.
The report, compiled in collaboration with the National Council for the Child, revealed that 26.1% of children of families that immigrated to Israel were living in poverty, compared to 24.2% of all Jewish children in Israel, and to 35.6% of children in the general population.
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The numbers present a decrease in comparison to previous reports, as in 2010, when the percentage of children living below the poverty line was 28.8.
According to the general director of the National Council for the Child, Dr. Yitzhak Kedman, the numbers were lower as a result of "continuous efforts of the State to take in children of olim and to promote their adjustment process."
Kedman nonetheless stressed that "There are still disconcerting data that indicate that these children are in a complex situation. The authorities must make further efforts."
In 2011, 236,335 children of olim were residing in Israel, making up for 9.2% of the children in Israel. The report probed both children who were not born in Israel and immigrated with their families and children who were born in Israel to parents who immigrated to Israel after 1990.
Other than poverty rates, the report showed that immigrant children and children of immigrants were more involved in criminal acts, dropped out of school at greater rates, and were more in need of social services.
Nevertheless, the percentage of immigrant juvenile offenders has decreased from 20.9% (from children between 12 to 17) in 2004, to 9.6% in 2011,
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