Israel’s Population Hits 8.4 Million on Eve of Jewish New Year

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Israelis hiking on Passover 2015.Credit: Tomer Applebaum

Israel’s population has reached 8,412,000 on the eve of the Jewish year 5776, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported on Tuesday.

The population grew by 158,000 over the past Jewish year, a 1.9% increase – similar to the growth in recent years. The stats bureau forecasts that Israel’s population will cross the 10 million level within a decade.

Some 168,000 babies were born and 42,000 Israelis died over the past 12 months. In addition, 28,000 people immigrated to Israel – a 35% increase from the previous Jewish year. Most of the immigrants came from Ukraine (26%), France (25%), Russia (21%) and the United States (9%). In the previous year, most of the immigrants came from Russia, followed by France and Ukraine.

Jews make up 74.9% of Israel’s population, numbering some 6,300,000. The Arab population is 20.7%, some 1.746 million people. The rest of the population, 4.4% of Israelis, are Christians who are not Arabs as well as others who do not have a religion listed.

These figures do not include 192,000 foreigners residing in Israel (as of the end of 2014).

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