Israel hails highest immigration figures in a decade

Jewish immigrants from Ukraine who are making Aliyah (immigration to Israel) deboard their plane at Ben Gurion International airport on December 22, 2014, in Lod, east of Tel AvivThe number of Jews moving to Israel leapt in 2014 to its highest figure in a decade, with western Europe leading the way, the immigration ministry said Wednesday. Immigration hit a 10-year high, with the arrival of some 26,500 new residents, according to a joint statement with the Jewish Agency, a quasi-governmental organisation tasked with encouraging Jews to move to Israel. This “was a year of record-breaking aliyah,” Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said, using the Hebrew word for immigration to Israel.

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