Nearly 25 000 olim makes five-year high
Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, data compiled by The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, shows that some 24 800 new immigrants have arrived in Israel in the past year.
RIGHT: Olim from all over
the world arrived in droves
This represents a significant 28 per cent increase compared to the 19 350 immigrants who arrived in Israel last year, and the highest number of the past five years (1 ,270 in 5772, 21 200 in 5771, and 17 780 in 5770).
- Immigration up 28 per cent compared to the previous year, representing a five-year high;
- For the first time ever, more immigrants have come from France (some 6 000 in total) than any other country; and
- Ukraine sees number of immigrants double to approximately 4 200.
Eighteen-year-old Alexandrina Zheludev immigrated to Israel from Ukraine a year ago with The Jewish Agency for Israel’s SELA (Students Before Parents) programme. Today she was reunited with her family, who made aliyah from the city of Lugansk in embattled eastern Ukraine.
LEFT: Slightly confused but incredibly proud to be new Israelis
Her mother, 39-year-old Oksana, and her father, Viatscheslav, who celebrated his 41st birthday today, immigrated with their 16-year-old son Artur.
They had spent the past few weeks in the cellar of their home due to the ongoing fighting and lost contact with their daughter in Israel.
She was deeply concerned about them and they were concerned about her as they heard of this summer’s hostilities in Israel.
Today (Monday) they embraced upon seeing one another for the first time in a year at a welcome event organised by The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.
RIGHT: A proud South
African family show
off their new passports
Aliyah from France has more than doubled, from 2 650 in 5773 to approximately 6 000 in 5774, marking the first time in history that more immigrants have arrived in Israel from France than any other country.
This 125 per cent increase is due, in part, to new programmes developed by The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption to enable young French Jews to experience life in Israel as well as joint efforts to ease the immigration and absorption process.
Significant increase from former Soviet U
Another striking development this year is in the significant increase in aliyah from the former Soviet Union, due primarily to a two-fold increase in immigration from Ukraine. Some 4 200 new immigrants arrived in Israel from across Ukraine thanks to Jewish Agency and Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption efforts, compared to 2 000 in 5773 – a 110 per cent increase. Some 4 500 immigrants arrived from Russia, compared to 3 370 last year – a 22 per cent increase.
Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver said: “During the course of 5774, we received some 24 800 new immigrants, who joined the family of the Israeli people.
This is an incredible 28 per cent increase in Aliyah from around the world compared to last year and a five-year high.
“Aliyah is the future of the State of Israel and is a national mission of the highest order, and so my wish for the new Jewish year is that it will bring serenity and growth and waves of aliyah that we have never seen before.
“We at the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption are ready and waiting for any Jew who wishes to come home,” said Landver today.
Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, added: “The increase in immigration from the four corners of the globe even in a year in which our enemies tried to undermine our security and challenge Israel’s legitimacy, demonstrates that Israel is a country that guarantees both the personal safety of its citizens and the future of the Jewish people.
“Every one of the tens of thousands of immigrants who arrived in Israel this year brings an end to ,000 years of wandering.”
Italy sends twice as many
Europe, too, made inroads: Some 570 new immigrants arrived in Israel from the United Kingdom and 260 from Belgium, marking modest increases from the previous year’s numbers. Around 270 new immigrants arrived in Israel from Italy – double last year’s figures.
The year 5774 saw a slight increase in aliyah from North America with the arrival of some 3 600 new immigrants, compared to 3 450 last year – approximately 3 170 came from the United States and some 400 from Canada.
Aliyah from South America increased 20 per cent, from 930 in 5773 to approximately 1 100 this year. 300 immigrants came from Brazil (a 50 per cent increase from the 200 who came in 5773), and 310 from Argentina (a 24 per cent increase).
Operation Dove’s Wings concludes
Some 230 immigrants came to Israel from Ethiopia in 5774 compared to 2 200 in 5773, which saw the conclusion of Operation Dove’s Wings, the historic effort to bring the remainder of those eligible to make aliyah from Ethiopia to Israel.
The rate of Ethiopian aliyah is determined by the Government of Israel.
RIGHT: The last of the Ethiopians to be brought over arrived this year too
Sixty per cent of the immigrants who arrived in Israel in 5774 were under the age of 35, and 37 per cent were between the ages of 18 and 34. Thousands are young professionals, including hundreds of doctors and other medical and paramedical professionals who came to Israel on specialised tracks developed by The Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Netanya topped the list of cities receiving new immigrants – more than 2 500 new Israelis came home to each of those cities this year.
- Note: Aliyah data for 5774 is based on estimates pending final figures