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Israel immigration rises 13 percent over last year

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Some 29,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel since last Rosh Hashanah, a 13 percent increase.

Most of this year’s immigrants came from the former Soviet Union – with some 14,100, and Europe – with more than 9,000. Some 3,600 immigrants came to Israel from North America and 1,200 came from South America, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption announced.

The two largest sources of aliyah were France, with 7,350 immigrants compared to 6,700 the previous year (a 10 percent increase), and Ukraine, with 6,900 immigrants compared to 4,600 the previous year (a 50 percent increase). There also was a 23 percent increase in aliyah from Russia to 5,900 immigrants.

Immigrants to Israel came from 97 countries, including one immigrant each from Andorra, Angola, Namibia, Paraguay, the Philippines and Slovakia.

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