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