Immigration to Israel jumps 14% in first three months of 2014

Soon-to-be IDF soldiers exiting the Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah (immigration to Israel) flight on the runway at Ben-Gurion Airport in August 2012. Credit: Nefesh B'Nefesh.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The first three months of 2014 saw a 14-percent increase in the number of new immigrants to Israel compared to the same period of 2013, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reported.

According to CBS data, 3,623 new immigrants arrived in Israel from January to March 2014, compared to 3,177 in the same period the previous year. January 2014 alone saw 1,220 new immigrants land in Israel, while 1,340 arrived in February.

The CBS figures showed that approximately one-third of the newcomers entered Israel on tourist visas, and after staying a few weeks or months, changed their status to that of a new immigrant.

Posted on April 13, 2014 .