June 2, 1994

500,000 IMMIGRANTS FROM FORMER SOVIET UNION SINCE 1989

(Communicated by Central Bureau of Statistics Spokesman)

From the beginning of 1989 until the end of May 1994, 500,000 immigrants have arrived in Israel from the former Soviet Union. This is the largest group of immigrants ever to have arrived in Israel from a single country. Today, these immigrants constitute 10% of Israel’s population.

More than 250,000 of these immigrants have reported that they passed through other countries before arriving in Israel. 57,000 of the immigrants have registered as engineers; more than 12,000 have registered as doctors and dentists; 12,000 as artists, composers, writers, and journalists; and an additional 12,000 as nurses and workers in other para- medical fields. Studies indicate that not all of the immigrants were employed in the professions they declared upon their entry to Israel. More than 50% of the immigrants were over the age of 15 at the time of their immigration and approximately 200,000 reported that they had completed at least 13 years of education.

From January 1989 until May 1994, there were 66,000 elderly (over the age of 65) immigrants, or 13% of the total. They constitute 9.4% of all Israelis in the 65+ age group. Approximately 22% of the immigrants were under the age of 14. The immigrants included 22,000 divorced women and 32,000 widows.