The number of people waiting for an asylum-seeker visa has risen to about 100,000 a month, a new report has found.
The number of applicants has been increasing at a pace that has prompted officials to declare a national emergency in the area, including in Jerusalem.
The government is preparing to issue new asylum-seekers visas on Thursday, while a bill to increase the number of asylum-seeking immigrants is expected to be introduced by the Labor Party, the Times of Israel and Haaretz reported.
The ministry said it was working on increasing the number to 200,000 by March, but it could take as long as a month for people to be granted visas.
The increase comes amid growing calls from lawmakers to expedite the process for people who want to enter Israel from other countries.
Last week, the Knesset’s foreign affairs committee held a meeting to discuss the issue of increasing the numbers of asylum seekers.
In a report released last week, researchers from the Israeli Academy of Sciences said that if Israel were to have a significant influx of asylum claimants, the country would be forced to consider a drastic increase in the number and composition of its refugee camps.
The research also said that the number is likely to rise due to the influx of Syrians, who are expected to make up more than 40 percent of the refugees in Israel, while Eritreans, Sudanese, and Afghans are expected be among the top applicants.