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Immigration from Ukraine and Russia to Israel tripled during war, figures show

Ukrainians disembark from a special flight to Israel from Romania upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, March 8, 2022. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)
Ukrainians disembark from a special flight to Israel from Romania upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, March 8, 2022. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)

Immigration to Israel from both Ukraine and Russia tripled during the period following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the Central Bureau of Statistics reveals.

In figures published today, CBS says that in the first six months of 2022, 35,295 immigrants moved to Israel.

Between February 24 — when Russia invaded Ukraine — and July 31, 12,175 immigrants arrived from Ukraine and 18,891 arrived from Russia. CBS says this figure marks a 318% increase over the same period in 2019, when 2,651 immigrants arrived from Ukraine and 7,123 from Russia.

During this period, CBS says, 63% of the immigrants from Ukraine were women, and just 37% were men — since most Ukrainian men of fighting age were barred from leaving the country.

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