Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe reached record high in 2015

With increasing anti-Semitism, 2015 saw highest number of immigrants to Israel from Western Europe in 2015; Majority (8,000) from France

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Aliyah (Jewish immigration) to Israel from Western Europe reached its highest in 2015, as waves of immigrants arrived to Israel as a result of rising anti-Semitism through out Europe.

 

According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, 9,880 Jews from Western Europe immigrated to Israel in 2015, 8,000 of which came from France. Over 800 made aliyah from the UK, with immigration from Italy and Belgium as well.

 

Chariman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky stated on the high number in aliyah “That a record number of European Jews feel that Europe is no longer their home should alarm European leaders and serve as a wake-up call for all who are concerned about the future of Europe. At the same time, the fact that Israel has become the number one destination for European Jews seeking to build a better future elsewhere is a tribute to the appeal of life in Israel and the values the Jewish state represents.”