Israel Updates Figures: Immigration From U.S. Steady in 2013 - Not Down

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Corrected figures published Wednesday by the Israeli government indicate that the number of Jewish immigrants arriving in the country last year from the United States was almost unchanged from the previous year.

Preliminary figures published a month ago had indicated a sharp drop of 13 percent in the number of new arrivals.

According to the updated Immigrant Absorption Ministry figures, 3,108 Jews immigrated to Israel from the United States in 2013 – a small drop of 1.2 percent compared with the previous year.

Even after this update, aliyah from France still outpaced aliyah from the United States last year. The number of new immigrants arriving in Israel from France in 2013 was 3,120 – a jump of 63 percent from the previous year. Rising anti-Semitism in the country and difficult economic conditions have been the main factors behind this trend.

Altogether, 3,557 immigrants arrived in Israel last year from North America, compared with 3,504 the previous year.

New Jewish immigrants from the U.S. and Canada arriving at Ben-Gurion International Airport, July 23, 2013.Credit: AP

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