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January 1, 2015 1:42 pm

Jewish Immigration to Israel Reaches 10 Year High in 2014

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A Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah agency flight. Jewish immigration to Israel reached a 10-year high in 2014. Photo: Sasson Tiram, courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh. – Jewish immigration to Israel reached a 10-year high in 2014 with the arrival of 26,500 new immigrants.

According to year-end figures from The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, 2014 saw a 32 percent rise in immigration over last year’s number of approximately 20,000 immigrants.

2014 also marked the first time France was the top country for immigrants, with nearly 7,000 immigrants in 2014, nearly doubling the 3,400 in 2013. France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish population, has been plagued by increasing anti-Semitism.  As a result, the Israeli government has stepped up efforts to encourage French immigration such as streamlining the absorption process as well as recognizing education and job qualifications of French immigrants.

“2014 was a year of record-breaking Aliyah,” Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency stated. “This year also saw a historic shift: for the first time in Israel’s history, the number of immigrants who came to Israel from the free world is greater than that of immigrants fleeing countries in distress,” he said.

Additionally, there was a 190 percent increase in immigration from Ukraine, with 5,840 new immigrants, compared to only 2,020 in 2013. The dramatic increase is largely the result of ongoing political instability in that country related to tensions between the Ukrainian government and Russia.

Other areas that saw modest gains in immigration in 2014 were from North America, where there were 3,870 new immigrants compared to 3,600 in 2013. This included approximately 3,470 from the United States and 400 immigrants from Canada.

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  • Robert Weintraub

    Moslems are making Jewish public life difficult in the biggest cities in France. Given the large Moslem population and the small Jewish one French politicians are unlikely to apply the force necessary to suppress Moslem violence. French Jews now invite verbal abuse or worse if they identify publicly as Jews or supporters of Israel. Many are leaving the country. More are likely to follow.

  • snag

    Definitely not enough ,…

  • It is both sad and wonderful. G-d said his people would return and so they are, now as we face the End of Darkness and the End of times without messiah. The world will witness much turmoil, and France will lose brilliant people and be much poorer because of this.