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May 3, 2015 1:13 pm

40 Percent Rise This Year in Global Immigration to Israel, Report Shows

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A Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah agency flight. Jewish immigration to Israel increased 40 percent in the first three months of 2015. Photo: Sasson Tiram, courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh.

A new report shows that Jewish immigration to Israel from around the world rose more than 40 percent in the first three months of 2015, the UK’s Guardian reported on Sunday.

A total of 6,499 Jews arrived in Israel between January and March of this year, according to an interim report by the Jewish Agency for Israel. The vast majority of immigrants came from Europe, specifically eastern Europe. 1,971 immigrants came from Ukraine to the Jewish state, the most of any country listed, marking a 215 percent rise from the same period last year. The number of Russian immigrants rose to 1,515, an almost 50 percent increase.

French immigration to Israel rose by 11 percent to 1,413 while immigration from Britain saw a 43 percent rise to 166. Immigration from North America decreased by 7 percent with only 478 new arrivals between January and March.

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Experts predicted a wave of immigration to Israel in 2015 – specifically from France – following a rise in antisemitic attacks against Jews in recent years across western Europe, the Guardian reported. It was anticipated that a large number of Jews would leave France after the killing of four Jews in January in the HyperCacher kosher supermarket attack in Paris.

In 2014, France was the largest source of immigration to Israel for the first time with 7,000 Jews moving to the Jewish state.

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  • Shiryn could have noted that the majority of the immigration from Eastern Ukraine were poverty stricken Olim that were rescued by Ezra International/Ezra Canada. Donations are accepted to expediate the immigration of even more of these precious people as we still have some 43,000 awaiting aid in our system. Donations may be forwarded by PayPal at their respective websites http://www.ezracanada.org http://www.ezrainternational.org

  • I only wish that home prices won´t get too high in Israel so all Jews will have a real chance to make Aliyah if so they want. That should be in the Prime Minister´s agenda more than encouraging French Jews to do what they will in any case do.

  • I only wish that home prices won´t get too high in Israel so all Jews will have a real chance to make Aliah if so they want. That should be in the Prime Minister´s agenda more than encouraging French Jews to do what they will in any case do.

  • Jack HOLAN

    2016. Takes about a year to sell a business not at a fireside sale price, or transition profession from one country to another or reinvent yourself into a new area. By 2016 you will see European Jewry in full steam especially if our welcome treatment continues. Jewry may survive without Europe can the the reverse be told Europe live without Jews?

  • robert davis

    Hopefully more towns and villages(“settlements” as leftwing says) will surge in Judea/Samaria and soon Gaza. This is the right way to show Israel’s enemies they will never be able to replace jewish populations by arabs no matter what lies and pr they come up with to blackmail Israel.

  • This is glorious! Nowhere on earth is safe for Jews – not even USA! GO HOME – to Israel!
    GOD BLESS ISRAEL! He is guarding His land and people!

    • DACON9

      WE’RE TRYING TO GO HOME.
      but you xtians keep proselytizing missionizing , intruding deceiving intruding on JEWS trying to be JEWS
      according to the LAWS THAT HASHEM HANDED TO MOSES AND INTURN TAUGHT THE NATION.

      but you xtians interfere with that all the time since jeusx.
      WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR DREAMS AND MYTHS.
      jESUX IS A VIOLATION OF THE ‘ONE ONLY G-Ds’ WORDS.
      jesux IS NOT COMING BACK EXCEPT WHEN THE MESSIAH ARRIVES, jeusx will rise briefly to see HOW HE SHOULD HAVE CONDUCTED HIMSELF THEN HIS BONES WILL PERISH.

      CJ find a torah orthodox Rabbi that is recognized and NOT a rebellious radical man that may have at one time ‘been a rabbi’
      LEARN FROM A QUALIFIED JEW

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