Israel has officially broken its Aliyah record from the past two decades, with the expected number of immigrants going up to 64,000 by the end of this year.
Approximately 60,000 people immigrated to Israel during the Hebrew calendar year 5782, which began on September 7, 2021, and ended on September 25, 2022, Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption shared in an updated report on Wednesday, surpassing a two-decade high.
By the end of the year, Israel would be seeing the largest number of immigrants in a single year since 1999, when the country welcomed more than 76,000 newcomers.
Out of the total number of immigrants who arrived in the past year, 47 percent came from Russia, while 25 percent came from Ukraine, six percent from the United States, four percent from France and Latin America each, two percent from Ethiopia, and 12 percent from the rest of the world. A smaller number of immigrants, some 1,500 are also expected to arrive from Ethiopia before the end of 2022 as part of “Operation Tzur Israel,” an initiative launched in December 2020 to unify Ethiopian Israelis with family members who remained in Ethiopia.
According to the report, 63 percent of all immigrants to arrive in the past year are working age, marking “a critical boost for the Israeli economy,” the Ministry stated. Of those, 27 percent are between the ages of 18-35, 21 percent are aged 36-50 and 15 percent are aged 51-65. A further 23 percent are under 18 years old, while 14 percent are over 65 years old.
In statements from the Ministry, it emphasized the benefits of the immigration wave, pointing out that newcomers who arrived in the last decade included thousands of doctors and medical professionals, researchers and scientists, engineers, teachers, students, and lone soldiers.