With aid from the Jewish Agency for Israel and coordination with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, around 70,000 persons from 95 countries moved to Israel in 2022.
It was a sharp increase from 2021 when about 28,600 immigrants entered the country and the highest number of immigrants in 23 years.
According to Jewish Agency data, 37,364 Olim arrived from Russia between January 1 and December 1, 2022, followed by 14,680 from Ukraine, 3,500 from North America with help from Nefesh B’Nefesh, 2,049 from France, 1,993 from Belarus, 1,498 from Ethiopia as part of Operation Tzur Israel, 985 from Argentina, 526 from the United Kingdom, 426 from South Africa, and 356 from Brazil. Upon year’s end, 2022’s final tally will be available.
Approximately 27% (or about 19,000) of this year’s olim are young people between 18 and 35, who will strengthen Israeli society and the economy.
This group includes professionals in occupations like medicine, engineering, and education, with a labor shortage in Israel. About 24% (16,500) of the olim are under 18, 22% are between the ages of 36 and 50, 14% are between the ages of 51 and 64, and 13% are 65 and over.
“It was a dramatic year that emphasized the value of mutual responsibility among the Jewish people and during which the Jewish Agency helped strengthen the resilience of Jewish communities, empowered weaker populations in Israel, brought tens of thousands of olim, saved lives from all over Ukraine and brought them to a safe harbor in Israel,” said Jewish Agency Chairman Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog.
“Aliyah is of existential importance to the State of Israel, both at the practical and moral level. It expresses the nature of Israel as the state of the entire Jewish people and the strategic partnership between Israel and world Jewry. The tens of thousands of olim who came to Israel this year will help build the resilience of Israeli society and will be a major growth engine for the Israeli economy,” Almog added.
Following Russia’s invasion in February, the Jewish Agency launched a rescue effort to save Ukrainian Jews that was unprecedented in scale.
The group established centers to accept the influx of Jewish immigrants and offer them warm lodging, food, medical attention, and kid-friendly activities.
At all, 290,000 meals were given out in these facilities, while rescue flights delivered thousands of refugees, including many elderly people and Holocaust survivors, to Israel.
Three hundred fifty-four tons of personal equipment were gathered in Israel and given to refugees in Ukraine, along with emergency funding to support Jewish communities there.
The Jewish Agency is getting ready to run a new type of “open absorption centers” where young olim dwell in the same apartment building and receive social services due to the spike in immigration.
As part of the Wings program, the Jewish Agency will also establish a first-of-its-kind center in Tel Aviv for lone troops (those without family members in Israel who can assist them).
This year, the program, a joint effort of the Jewish Agency, the Merage Foundation, the Spirit of Israel social action platform, and Keren Hayesod, provided a friendly environment for 2,200 lone soldiers, from those enlisting to those transitioning from the military to civilian life.