Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Aliyah up 19 percent for Jewish year 5771

JTA

September 22, 2011 | 11:30 am

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. Photo by Andrew Ratto

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. Photo by Andrew Ratto

Some 21,300 new immigrants have moved to Israel since last Rosh Hashana, an increase of 19 percent over last year, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.

“The choice of thousands of Jews to build their homes here is the deepest expression of a Diaspora Jew’s identification with Israel,” Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said.

North American aliyah reached about 4,070, up from 3,720 the year before, an increase of 9 percent.

About 8,290 immigrants arrived from the former Soviet Union, including from Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Central Asian countries, an increase of 19 percent over last year. Immigration from France rose 4 percent to approximately 2,100 this year.

Some 2,780 immigrants from Ethiopia made aliyah in the waning Jewish year 5771, compared to about 1,320 the year before. The rate of immigration from Ethiopia is set by the government.

Over the past year, Israel has welcomed small numbers of olim from unexpected countries, including Hong Kong, Honduras, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Monaco, Suriname, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Angola, Japan, Malta, Congo, South Korea and Nicaragua.

The statistics also show that most of the immigrants are young: From January to July 2011, approximately 62 percent of the olim were aged 0-34, of which about 36 percent are young adults between the ages of 18-34, according to the Jewish Agency.

{--Tracker Pixel for Entry--}

COMMENTS

We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

Publication
JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.

ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE