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Aliyah Numbers Up, Up and Away

"The fact that immigrants choose to come to Israel is a sign that Israel invests their lives with meaning that they cannot find elsewhere."

The Jewish Agency for Israel is pleased to kick off the new year with the announcement that more than 31,000 immigrants made Aliyah (moved to Israel) in 2015.

That number represents a 17% increase from 2014 and includes an all-time record for Aliyah from France with the arrival of 7,700 immigrants — the largest group for the second year running.

Additionally, Aliyah from Ukraine, which has been the scene of an ongoing violent conflict, was up 22% compared to 2014, and 230% compared to 2013. Some 7,480 Ukrainians made Aliyah in 2015.

According to data compiled by The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the overall number of new immigrants to Israel in 2015 represented a 12-year high.

“The high number of immigrants, particularly from western countries, attests to the drawing power of the Zionist idea," said Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky. "The fact that immigrants choose to come to Israel is a sign that Israel invests their lives with meaning that they cannot find elsewhere."

He added that, "This choice requires that we make every effort to enable them to become immediately integrated in the workforce and in the education system, so that they, like those who came before them, may put down roots in Israel and enrich Israeli society.”

Half of the immigrants to Israel in 2015 were under the age of 30, and 8,200 immigrants were under the age of 19 — a significant 20% increase from 2014. Another 6,950 were between the ages of 20 and 29, a 10% increase compared to 2014. The youngest immigrant arrived in Israel from the United States in September at the age of a month and a half. The oldest immigrant arrived in July at the age of 97.

“We are in a rare window of opportunity — while we are busy with the day-to-day problems of Israel, we did not pay attention to this year’s great development: the number of immigrants exceeded 31,000 for the first time in more than a decade," said Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Ze’ev Elkin. "It is our duty to do everything necessary to take advantage of this rare opportunity and invest efforts in both immigrant absorption and Aliyah encouragement, so that a figure of 50,000 immigrants in one year does not seem imaginary. If we will it, it is no dream.”

04 Jan 2016 / 23 Tevet 5776 0
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