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Population increased in past year by 176,000 people, or 1.9%

Buoyed by aliya, Israeli population up to 9.5 million ahead of 74th Independence Day

Country sees biggest immigration wave in 20 years, with 38,000 arrivals; latest stats find 73.9% of Israelis are Jews, 21.1% are Arabs and 5% members of other religious groups

Ukrainian immigrants to Israel who fled fighting in Ukraine arrive on a rescue flight at Ben Gurion Airport, on March 17, 2022. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)
Ukrainian immigrants to Israel who fled fighting in Ukraine arrive on a rescue flight at Ben Gurion Airport, on March 17, 2022. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Just ahead of the celebration of Israel’s 74th anniversary, the population of the Jewish state stands at 9,506,000, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced Sunday.

That includes nearly 7.02 million Jews, accounting for 73.9 percent of the population; 2 million Arabs, just over one-fifth of the population; and 478,000 members of other groups, amounting to 5% of the population.

About 79% of Israel’s Jews are native-born.

Since last year’s Independence Day, 191,000 babies were born, 55,000 people died, and 38,000 people immigrated to the country, according to CBS. A considerable percentage of the immigrants who have arrived in the past year are from Ukraine, Russia and surrounding areas.

This was the largest number of new immigrants to reach Israel’s shores in 20 years, according to the Jewish Agency, the quasi-governmental organization tasked with encouraging and facilitating immigration to Israel.

Roughly half of the 38,000 immigrants came from Ukraine and Russia, overwhelmingly in the last two months since Moscow launched its invasion. The remaining 19,000 or so immigrants came from the United States, France, Belarus, Argentina, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Ethiopia and Canada, among other countries, the Jewish Agency said.

“Every Jew and Jewess who immigrates to Israel contributes to the resilience of the state and to the strength of Israeli society,” the acting chairman of the Jewish Agency said in a statement.

Overall, the Israeli population increased by some 176,000 people, amounting to a 1.9% rise.

During the same period a year earlier, the population increased by some 137,000 people, including 16,300 new immigrants — about half the figure seen in the last year.

Jewish immigrants fleeing from war zones in the Ukraine arrive at the immigration and absorption office, at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, on March 15, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

In 1948, when the Jewish state was established, the population of Israel numbered 806,000 people.

Since then, 3.3 million people have immigrated to Israel, about 44.7% of them arriving since 1990. The population is expected to reach 11.1 million by 2030, and 13.2 million by 2040, CBS predicted.

Israel’s population is also young, the CBS said — 28% of the population is aged 0-14, and only 12% is aged 65 and over.

On the eve of 2022, Israel’s population stood at 9.449 million people.

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