French immigration to Israel at all-time high

Jewish new immigrants from France are welcomed by Israelis upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on December 8, 2015French immigration to Israel reached a record high in 2015, Israeli officials said Thursday, citing “physical insecurity and financial uncertainty” as main driving forces. Around 8,000 French Jews were expected to have arrived over the course of the year, a spokesman for Israel’s immigration ministry told AFP, noting it would be an “all-time record”. France’s Jewish community is estimated at between 500,000 and 600,000 people, the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

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