French immigration to Israel in 2015 at record high for second consecutive year

Nearly 8,000 French immigrants to Israel in 2015 due to anti-Semitism


Despite having the largest Jewish population of any European country, French aliyah (immigration) is at a record high for a second consecutive year with an estimated absorption of 8,000 French citizens to Israel in 2015. With the rise of anti-Semitism and terror attacks in France and through out Europe, French Jews have been pouring into Israel in record numbers, the Jewish Agency reports citing anti-Semitism and “economic insecurity” as documented reasons from French immigrants to Israel.

The 7,338 new immigrants to Israel is a 10% increase from French aliyah in 2014. Last year Israel absorbed the highest record of Jewish immigration since the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948, with 7,238 French immigrants to Israel. Both 2014 and 2015 have been record highs for French aliyah, a 300% increase in immigrants.

Under the “Law of Return”, Jews worldwide have the right to make aliyah (to rise, in Hebrew) to Israel. And with record highs of anti-Semitism through out European states, immigration to Israel continues to rise.

Following France, Russian and Ukrainian immigration is highest due to anti-Semitism and economic struggle. There has been a reported 44% increase of Russian immigrants to Israel in 2015 in comparison to 2014, with over 6,000 immigrants to Israel this year.