Report: Thousands of French Jews Expected to Make Aliyah to Israel This Summer
Almost half a year after the bloody terrorist attack at Paris’s Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, and in the shadow of increasing antisemitism, thousands of French Jews are expected to immigrate to Israel this summer, Israel’s NRG reported on Sunday.
The last few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of Jews immigrating to Israel from the country, and France now tops the list of countries from which Jews are arriving in Israel.
This summer alone, 3,000 Jews are expected to move to Israel, adding to the 3,124 French Jews who have already made aliyah since the start of 2015. In 2014, about 7,000 immigrants from France came to Israel. By comparison, just 1,064 French Jews relocated to Israel in 2013.
The influx of French Jewish immigrants follows a joint effort by the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Jewish Agency for Israel to maintain a high level of immigration from the European country, and to increase immigration from around the world.
The Jewish community in France today, which is largely of North African descent, is the world’s third-largest Jewish community after Israel and the United States with a population of about 500,000.