Immigration to Israel surges in 2021 by 30%

December 23, 2021 by JNS
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New figures from the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency, and Nefesh B’Nefesh show the highest aliyah from France in four years, a dramatic increase in arrivals from South Africa, and the continued trend of rising aliyah among youth.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog (centre), and Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Tony Gelbart (left) and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony of a new aliyah campus in Jerusalem for the organization

There were 27,050 new immigrants to Israel in 2021, a 30 per cent increase from the previous year’s 21,820 immigrants.

This past year also brought a record-breaking 4,000 immigrants from the United States who arrived in Israel with the assistance of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

This immigration from the U.S. constituted a 30 per cent increase from 2020 and the highest annual number since 1973. In addition, another 400 immigrants arrived this year from Canada, bringing the expected total of immigrants from North America to over 4,400.

Interestingly, aliyah from France jumped 40 per cent with 3,500 new arrivals, the largest number in the past four years.

Immigration from Russia stood at 7,500, 3,000 from Ukraine, and 1,636 from Ethiopia.

Another significant number came from Argentina (900), a jump of 55 per cent from last year.

The growing immigration from the younger generation continued with 14,620 (55 per cent) of all immigrants under the age of 35.

Aliyah is facilitated by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and The Jewish Agency, with Nefesh B’Nefesh, Ofek Israeli, The Jewish Federations of North America, Keren Hayesod, The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and friends of Israel from around the world.


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