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December 29, 2020 10:09 am

More Than 20,000 People Immigrated to Israel in 2020, Despite the Pandemic

avatar by Israel Hayom / JNS.org

New immigrants to Israel from Kiev, Ukraine, get their temperature taken as they prepare to make aliyah, despite the coronavirus outbreak, April 2020. Photo: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

JNS.org – Global pandemic notwithstanding, more than 20,000 Jews from 70 countries made aliyah over the course of 2020, reported the Jewish Agency.

Most of the immigrants arrived from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and France, according to the agency.

As of the end of November, 10,200 new olim had arrived from the former Soviet Union. Another 3,120 immigrants arrived from western Europe, including 2,220 from France, while some 2,850 arrived from North America, 2,550 of them from the United States.

Not only did immigrants continue to arrive throughout the year, but interest spiked as COVID-19 wreaked its havoc on economies and families. The Jewish Agency’s situation room fielded some 160,000 inquiries about aliyah and opened 41,000 new files for potential arrivals.

“A wonderful thing happened to us—20,000 Jews immigrated to the State of Israel during this pandemic year; 20,000 people who were ready to leave everything behind, in a challenging period of global turmoil, to come build a new life in Israel,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog on Sunday.

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