2017-11-22 / Mideast

Rise in Russian, Turkish immigration

Bucking a slump in Western immigration to Israel under its law of return for Jews, movement from Russia has increased in 2017 and more than doubled from Turkey.

In total, the 23,415 immigrants who have come to Israel from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 constituted a two percent increase over the corresponding period last year, an interim report by the Jewish Agency for Israel showed.

The eight percent rise in immigration from the former Soviet Union, representing 13,192 individuals, helped make up for an 11 percent decrease from the United States, which brought 2,282 immigrants to Israel. Among the FSU figures, 5,661 immigrants came from Russia, where sanctions and a financial crisis exacerbated by low oil prices have halved the value of the ruble against the dollar since 2014.

Immigration from France, which in 2015 was for the second year straight Israel’s largest source of immigrants with 7,328 newcomers, continued to plummet, registering a 26 percent drop this year to a total of 3,138 newcomers. Immigration from Britain also decreased by 16 percent to 459 newcomers. (JTA)

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