French Jews who fear rising anti-Semitism in their homeland are increasingly considering moving to French speaking Quebec, Canada.
Luciano Del Negro, a spokesperson for Quebec’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, says his organization has recently seen a “marked increase” in the number of inquiries from French-Jewish citizens.
The CIJA is responding to the increasing number of calls and e-mails by providing expert advice on employment opportunities and the “incredibly complicated” immigration procedures, he says.
Del Negro says the main reason French Jews are looking to leave is safety. There have been an increasing number of anti-Semitic attacks in France, including January’s terrorist shooting at a kosher market in Paris.
Israel and the UK have also been a recent draw for French Jews in large numbers. In fact, the number who immigrated from France into Israel doubled in 2014 to 7,000, making it the top source country, according to the Jewish Agency, a non-profit group that encourages Jews to move to Israel.
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