By Amit Acco, Partner

A rise of 30% in numbers of new Olim (obtaining Israeli Citizenship under the Law of Return) was reported in 2021, according to statistics released Wednesday (Dec. 22) by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Nefesh B’Nefesh.

4,000 olim were reported to make the Aliyah from the United States, who arrived in Israel with the assistance of Nefesh B’Nefesh. These numbers represent the highest annual number of olim from the USA since 1973.

  • 3,500 arrived from France,
  • 400 from Canada,
  • 7,500 from Russia,
  • 3,000 from Ukraine
  • 1,636 immigrants from Ethiopia,
  • 900 olim from Argentina,
  • 650 from the United Kingdom,
  • 550 from Brazil;
  • 550 from South Africa
  • 290 olim from Mexico

55 percent (14,620 olim) of all this year’s olim were under the age of 35.

The city welcoming the most olim in 2021 was Tel Aviv, where 2,870 Olim chose to make their new home, followed by Jerusalem, with 2,760 Olim, Netanya with 2,710, and Haifa with 2000. Other cities where new olim arrived in 2021 included Ashdod (940), Bat Yam (920), Raanana (880), Beit Shemesh (860), Nahariya (825), and Be’er Sheva (750).