Aliyah numbers rise

According to the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Absorption, the number of new immigrants to Israel in 2010 increased by 16 percent. It is estimated that by the end of this month, the total number of new olim will be 19,130, surpassing last year’s total of 16,465. About 40 percent of the new olim are from the former Soviet Union, eastern Europe and Germany. The number of new olim from North America did not increase very much from last year, staying at about 3,980. The most interesting statistics are from Latin America, where there was an increase in new olim of 19 percent over last year, to a total of 1,470. In 2009, 38 olim came from Venezuela; this year 150 new olim have arrived. Yerushalayim is still the first city of choice for new olim, but with the attractive GoNorth campaign of Nefesh B’Nefesh, combined with the natural beauty, spaciousness and affordability of the north, more and more olim are heading to the north of Israel to such cities as Tiberias, Carmiel, Tzfat and Haifa. If you are not ready to pack your bags yet and head for the first aliyah flight, then grab your future home now while the prices are still reaonsable and the choices are abundant.

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