France Leads Five-Year High In Immigration

YERUSHALAYIM - The Jewish calendar year of 5774 saw a 28 percent increase in immigration over the previous year, the most in five years according to official figures released on Monday.

A total of more than 24,000 people  immigrated to Israel during the year, the Jewish Agency said, and noted that for the first time more immigrants have come from France than any other country.

Approximately 6,000 French Jews came, fleeing increasing anti-Semitism, violence and economic stagnation — up from 2,650 in 5773, putting France at the top of the Aliyah list.

Immigration from Ukraine and Russia was also up, with 4,200 and 4,500 immigrants respectively.

Another 570 immigrants arrived from Britain, 260 from Belgium, 3,600 from North America, 1,100 from South America, and 230 from Ethiopia.