Aliyah (immigration) to Israel has increased by 31% in 2021 so far, with 20,360 olim (immigrants) arriving compared to 15,598 during the corresponding period last year, according to a report released Sunday by the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

The figures come ahead of Yom Ha’aliyah (Aliyah Day), a national holiday on October 13th, which celebrates immigrants to Israel from all over the world.

Israel has continued seeing a dramatic rise in aliyah despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration and The Jewish Agency ensuring that immigration continues despite the difficulty and limitations on international travel.

Pnina Tamano-Shata, Minister of Aliyah and Integration, said: “I am pleased to launch Aliyah Week for 2021, where we salute olim for their contribution to the State of Israel. I worked in the government to ensure aliyah does not stop for a moment – also during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns – because aliyah is the realization of the Zionist dream. I am pleased by the tremendous increase in the number of olim who decided to make aliyah to Israel since the beginning of the year. We at the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration will continue to work to assist olim in the aliyah and integration process in Israel.”

To date, more than 3,340,000 immigrants have made aliyah to Israel since the State’s establishment. There are several events throughout this week to celebrate the contributions of olim to the country.

The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Acting Chairman of the Executive and Chairman of the World Zionist Organization Yaakov Hagoel remarked, “I’m moved by each and every aliyah flight. Despite the challenging period and many limitations brought on by the global pandemic, since the beginning of the year, there’s been a significant increase in olim in comparison to a similar period last year. Olim from across the globe chose to come and build their future in Israel. These olim are a strategic asset to the State of Israel and contribute to every aspect of life. We all must contribute to their integration. We are strengthened by each oleh who comes to Israel.” READ MORE

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