Immigration to Israel falls to 18 year low

Immigration to Israel falls to 18 year low

A reduced immigration to Israel is always good news. Well, we have the reasons why this is so: Intifada and Hizbullah. They will deny it but of course its true.

Immigration to Israel falls to 18 year low
Wed Dec 27, 2006 2:54pm ET137
By Steven Scheer

LOD, Israel (Reuters) – Immigration to Israel hit its lowest in 18 years in 2006 due to a drop in the number of Jews arriving from former Soviet states, although immigration from North America edged higher, figures showed on Wednesday.

Some 21,000 made “aliya”, the Hebrew word for immigrating to Israel, according to the Jewish Agency, which promotes immigration. The 2006 figure was the lowest since 13,000 in 1988. A total of 22,657 people moved to Israel in 2005.

The agency said it was getting harder to bring immigrants out of countries that made up the former Soviet Union, from where more than one million people moved to Israel in the 1990s. The number for 2006 was 7,300 — about 23 percent down on 2005.

“These people are no longer running away from something,” said Michael Jankelowitz, a spokesman for the Jewish Agency, explaining the decline.

The agency played down suggestions that the war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas during the summer had a negative impact on immigration — which had grown recently after a sharp drop following the start of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

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