21 October 2018 - 13 Heshvan 5779 - י"ג חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel marks first “Aliyah Day” E-mail

With over 40% of Israelis having been born outside of the country, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption marked its first-ever “Aliyah Day” on 8 November to celebrate the contributions immigrants have made to building Israeli society.

About 40% of Israel’s population of around eight million citizens were born outside of the country. Over three million people have immigrated to the Jewish state since its inception in 1948, coming from every corner of the globe, ranging from the US to Mozambique.

According to Ministry of Immigrant Absorption figures, two million Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1972. The country with the most Jews making aliyah was the former USSR, with 700,000 people moving to Israel in the 1970s and 1990s. The US follows with 117,000 – a trend that has picked up in the last few decades.

The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption’s director-general, Alex Kushner, said that the numbers of people making aliyah from North America have remained stable, at about 3,000 people a year.

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