Jerusalem24 – Jewish immigration to Israel has increased by 31 percent in 2021 so far, according to data released Sunday by the Immigration Ministry and Jewish Agency.
According to the data, the largest number of Jewish immigrants this year has been from Russia (5,075) despite a 5% decrease in the number coming from that country since last year.
There have been 3,104 new immigrants to Israel from the United States, an increase of 41% on the first nine months of 2020.
Additionally, 2,819 new immigrants moved to Israel from France (up 55%), 2,123 from Ukraine (up 4%), 780 from Belarus (up 69%), 633 from Argentina (up 46% ), 490 from the United Kingdom (up 20% ), 438 from Brazil (up 4%) and 373 from South Africa (up 56%).
According to the data, more than half of the Jewish immigrants to Israel so far this year are under age 35, with about 23.4% age 0-17 and 33.4% age18-35. In addition, 16.3% were age 36-50, 13% were 51-64 and 13.9% were over 65.
The ministry said 2,184 of the new immigrants moved to Jerusalem, 2,122 to Tel Aviv, 2,031 to Netanya, 1,410 to Haifa and 744 to Ashdod.
Last year, the rate dropped by nearly 40 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some 21,200 Jews immigrated to Israel in 2020, compared to around 33,500 the year before, constituting a drop of 36.7 percent.