(JNS.org) Immigration to Israel increased by 2 percent in 2013, with more than 16,000 new immigrants arriving, according to new figures released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.
A total of 16,884 immigrants arrived in Israel last year—with roughly 43 percent coming from the former Soviet Union, primarily Russia and Ukraine—the bureau said.
While immigrants from the former Soviet Union were by far the largest nationality, immigration from France rose the most sharply, as that figure was up 76 percent from 2012 to 2013. French immigrants constituted 17 percent of total immigrants to Israel (2,904) in 2013.
Rising French aliyah has also continued in 2014, with the Jewish Agency for Israel saying at the end of March that 854 French Jews had immigrated to Israel in the early months of this year, marking a 312-percent increase from the same period in 2013.
Other nationalities moving to Israel in 2013 included 2,186 immigrants from the United States, 1,355 from Ethiopia, 403 from the U.K., and 228 from Canada.