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Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata at the Knesset, in Jerusalem

Immigration Minister Reports 27,000 New Arrivals to Country, Jump from Last Year

By the end of the year, the number of new immigrants to Israel in 2021 is set to reach 27,000, a rise of 30% compared to the year before, Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata said at a conference in the United States, according to Hebrew-language media reports Sunday, December 12.

At the annual conference of the Israel American Council in Florida, Tamano-Shata said the numbers surpass the target she had set of 25,000 new arrivals.

Tamano-Shata called it “a very good year, even when compared to regular years when there was no coronavirus,” according to a report by the Ynet website.

The figure matched that of 2016. In 2017 there was a slight climb to 29,000 and that continued into 2018 with 30,000, reaching a record of 35,000 in 2019. However, with the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it caused to international travel, numbers tumbled. In 2020 there were just 22,000 who moved to start a new life in Israel.

Tamano-Shata highlighted increased immigration from North America and France.

There was a 34% increase in immigration from the US, with 4,000 arriving this year. France saw a 41% leap, with 3,380 arriving so far in 2021 and over a hundred more expected by the end of the month. There were 7,000 immigrants from Russia and 2,800 from Ukraine this year. (TOI / VFI News)

“God, we ask that You bless all those who come to Israel to find a new home and make a new life.”