Immigration to Israel up nearly 30 per cent from largely Russian speakers

Immigration to Israel rose by almost 30% in the first half of 2019 compared to the previous year, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The increase of 16,005 newcomers from 2018 comes mostly from Russian speakers who have been leaving countries associated with the former Soviet Union.

The overwhelming majority of new immigrants reportedly came from Russia, numbering 7,884 (a 73% increase), and Ukraine with 3,007 (a 6% increase).

Immigration from the United States remained stable, with French immigration dropping 21%.

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