by: Ilse Posselt
Thursday, 26 May 2016 | 2015 was not an easy year for the Jewish state. The emotional, physical and social scars left by Operation Protective Edge, 2014’s summer war against Hamas in Gaza, were still fresh when the people of Israel had to brave yet another menace on a different front: the worst onslaught of Palestinian terror attacks since the Second Intifada (uprising).
Yet, despite the hardships, constant threat of physical violence and uncertainty about the future Israelis face on a daily basis, 2015 has seen an “increase in aliyah (immigration to Israel) among youth and academic professionals,” The Jerusalem Post reports.
In fact, the findings of a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics published yesterday reveal that 2015 saw 27,908 new immigrants come home to Israel. This marks a 16% increase from the 2014 figures.
According to The Jerusalem Post, this past year also marked an increase in the number of youth relocating to Israeli shores. In 2014, 16.3% of immigrants were aged 14 and younger, while 19% of the 2015 olim (new immigrants) fell in that age bracket.
The report also revealed that a whopping 67% of those who made Israel home over the previous year are academic professionals. This means an increase of almost 40% from the 2014 number. Nearly half of these professionals hold qualifications in the legal, cultural and social field, while 26% worked in sciences or engineering. A further 10% were in the health industry.
According to The Jerusalem Post, a 53% majority of 2015’s olim hail from the former Soviet Union, particularly Ukraine and Russia. A further 24% arrived from France and 9% came from the United States.
In comparison to 2014, the figures for this past year show a dramatic 20% increase in immigrants from the Ukraine and a massive 44% upsurge in immigrants from Russia, The Jerusalem Post reports. Following a sharp rise in new immigrants from France to Israel in 2014, the number of French olim only increased with 1% in 2015. However, the number of Ethiopian immigrants decreased by nearly 57% compared to the numbers in 2014.
Once in Israel, the majority of olim chose to live in the center of the country. Some 12% of the new immigrants made Tel Aviv their home, while 11% opted for Jerusalem and a further 11% for Netanya. The port cities of Haifa and Ashdod attracted 8% and 6% respectively.
Since the rebirth of the modern State of Israel, some 3.2 million Jews from across the world have returned to the Land of their promise, The Jerusalem Post reports. Some 42% of these came home after 1990.
Posted on May 26, 2016
Source: (Bridges for Peace, 26 May 2016)
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