Jewish Immigration To Israel Slashed In 2020 Over Pandemic
Faizan Hashmi 26 days ago Mon 01st February 2021 | 10:03 PM
Jewish immigration to Israel dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, official figures seen by AFP on Monday showed
Jerusalem, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Feb, 2021 ) :Jewish immigration to Israel dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic, official figures seen by AFP on Monday showed.
Some 21,200 Jews immigrated to Israel in 2020, compared to around 33,500 the year before, constituting a drop of 36.7 percent, according to data released by Israel's immigration ministry and Jewish Agency.
French aliyah had leapt following the Paris attacks of 2015 that targeted the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, customers at a Jewish supermarket and a concert hall. It then declined and stabilised at around 2,500 Jews immigrating to Israel per annum in 2019 and 2020.
According to Abitbol, the economic difficulties in Europe along with Israel's management of the health crisis, including a speedy vaccination campaign that has already reached a third of the country's nine million-strong population, have increased French Jews' interest in aliyah.