Some 130 French immigrants, including 46 children and two babies, have arrived at Ben Gurion Airport, the first in a wave of over 3,000 expected this summer, Arutz Sheva reported on Tuesday.
In addition, 80 French Jews who have been staying in Israel on tourist visas became Israeli citizens and received their Israeli identity cards on Tuesday.
The influx reflects the anxiety in the Jewish population in France after major terrorist attacks in recent months and ongoing anti-Semitic incidents.
According to estimates made by the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Aliyah, approximately 3,000 French Jews will immigrate to Israel this summer. About 400 are expected this week alone.
This year’s immigration is expected to surpass last year’s figure of close to 7,000 who left France to live in Israel.