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Over 6,000 Indian Workers to Travel Israel During April and May


In a significant move to address the labor shortage faced by Israel’s construction sector, more than 6,000 Indian workers are set to arrive in Israel during the months of April and May. This decision comes in the aftermath of the Israel-Hamas conflict, which has disrupted the availability of local labor.

Bridging the Labor Gap

The construction industry in Israel relies on workers with specific skills, particularly in areas where there is a dearth of Israeli labor. The outbreak of conflict led to the revocation of work permits for a majority of foreign workers, exacerbating the shortage. To mitigate this crisis, the Israeli government has taken a collaborative approach.

Air Shuttle Arrangements from Israel

The workers from India will be transported to Israel via an “air shuttle,” a joint initiative by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the finance ministry, and the construction and housing ministry. Charter flights will be subsidized to facilitate their arrival. This marks the largest influx of foreign workers into Israel’s construction sector within a short span of time. Additionally, over 900 construction workers have already arrived from India through the business-to-business (B2B) route.

Challenges and Solutions in Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting at the PMO to address the acute shortage of workers. The delay in worker arrivals was attributed to bureaucratic procedures, including obtaining permits. The collaboration between ministries aims to streamline the process and ensure that critical projects move forward without further delays.

Impact and Outlook

The arrival of these Indian workers is expected to boost construction activities, stabilize costs, and alleviate the strain caused by the labor shortage. As Israel rebuilds and develops, this influx of skilled labor will play a crucial role in shaping the nation’s infrastructure.

Note: The information in this article is based on a statement issued by the Israeli government123.

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