29,500 new immigrants arrive in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah

September 9, 2015 11:44am
immigrantsJERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 29,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah, a 13 percent increase over the previous year.

Most of this year’s immigrants came from the former Soviet Union – with some 14,100, and Europe – with more than 9,000. Some 3,600 immigrants came to Israel from North America and 1,200 came from South America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption announced Wednesday.

The two largest sources of aliyah were France, with 7,350 immigrants compared to 6,700 the previous year (a 10 percent increase), andUkraine, with 6,900 immigrants compared to 4,600 the previous year (a 50 percent increase). There also was a 23 percent increase in aliyah from Russia to 5,900 immigrants.