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After 23 years, emigration from Israel takes off

Posted By admin On April 28, 2007 @ 1:01 am In demography, feature | 4 Comments

This week, for the first time since 1984, more people emigrated from Israel than immigrated into it. Since mid-1980s, Russian aliyah temporarily [1] reversed the long-term trend where more people left Israel than came in. At least 500,000 and probably close to a million Jews emigrated from Israel, mostly due to insecurity, economic hardships and lack of job opportunities. Polls indicate 60 to 80% of Israelis sympathize with those who leave the country. Sohnut seeks to offset the trend by bringing to Israel non-Jewish immigrants and the people with a single Jewish grand-grandparent.

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[1] aliyah temporarily: http://samsonblinded.org/blog/the-diaspora-might-not-end-in-aliyah.htm