• Immigration up 28% 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
  • Ukraine sees number of immigrants double to approximately 4,200

 Ahead of Jewish New Year, aliyah hits five-year high

 

Copyright: GPO/Mark Neiman

(Communicated by The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption)

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – 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 Jewish year 5774. This represents a significant 28% increase compared to the 19,350 immigrants who arrived in Israel in 5773 and the highest number of the past five years (18,270 in 5772, 21,200 in 5771, and 17,780 in 5770).

The final 140 immigrants of the Jewish year arrived in Israel on Monday (September 22) from Russia and Ukraine and were greeted at Ben-Gurion International Airport by Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. The two delivered remarks noting the increase in aliyah over the past year.

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% increase is due, in part, to new programs 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.

Another striking development this year is in the significant increase in aliyah from the former Soviet Union, due primarily to a twofold 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% increase. Some 4,500 immigrants arrived from Russia, compared to 3,370 last year – a 22% 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% 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."

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said: "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 2,000 years of wandering."

Also from Europe: Some 570 new immigrants arrived in Israel from the United Kingdom and some 260 from Belgium, marking modest increases from the previous year’s numbers. Some 270 new immigrants arrived in Israel from Italy – double last year’s figures.

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%, from 930 in 5773 to approximately 1,100 this year. 300 immigrants came from Brazil (a 50% increase from the 200 who came in 5773), and 310 from Argentina (a 24% increase).

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.

60% of the immigrants who arrived in Israel in 5774 were under the age of 35, and 37% 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 specialized 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