Immigration to Israel hits 16,244, highest jump in 10 years
For the first time in 10 years the number of immigrants to Israel has risen this year, according to Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver.
In 2009, 16,244 people immigrated – a 17 percent jump over last year’s 13,859.
The number of immigrants from English-speaking countries has also increased by 17 percent this year, from 4,511 to 5,294, said Eli Cohen, the director-general of the agency’s aliyah department.
“After 10 years during which we saw less and less immigrants, now we see an increase,” said Sharansky yesterday at a press conference at the Jewish Agency’s Jerusalem headquarters. “This year there were more immigrants from the former Soviet Union, more immigrants from the United States, from Britain and from South Africa – there’s an increase from almost everywhere.”
By Raphael Ahren (haaretz.com)
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations,
and declare it in the isles afar off,
and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him,
and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.