Israel’s population grew by 2.2% in 2022 to reach 9,656,000 people, according to statistics from the Central Bureau of Statistics that were made public on Thursday.
7,106,000 of the country’s inhabitants are Jews (73.6%), 2,037,000 are Arabs (21.1%), and 513,000 belong to other religious groups.
The population rise was significantly more significant than the 1.8% growth in 2021, partly explained by a higher rate of immigration over the previous 12 months.
Approximately 73,000 new immigrants entered Israel in 2022, up from 25,000 the previous year, with the majority being from Russia and Ukraine (80%).
According to Jewish Agency data, 37,364 immigrants from Russia, 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 Great Britain, 426 from South Africa, and 356 from Brazil arrived during the period from January 1 to December 1, 2022.
Upon year’s end, 2022’s final tally will be available.
IDF Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog, chairman of the Jewish Agency, said that the year “was a dramatic one 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.”
In all, 204,000 people joined Israel’s population in 2022, including 178,000 babies (74.8% of whom were born to Jewish mothers and 23.8% to Arab mothers), while 52,000 people passed away and 4,000 Israelis left the nation for at least a year.