Israel sees 400% increase in immigration from Russia in 2022 – AIN (All Israel News)

About 61,000 immigrants total arrived in Israel in 2022 by mid-November, more than twice as many as the same time in 2021

All Israel News Staff | November 20, 2022

El Al plane lands at the Ben-Gurion International Airport, Feb. 20, 2022. (Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

(Editor’s Note: In November 2022 I had the joy of meeting two young Russian families who had escaped Russia’s war in Ukraine and immigrated (made aliyah) to Israel. His Lighthouse Inc, founded by Nissim and Hadassah Lerner near Jerusalem, is housing them until they find more permanent lodging. Steve Martin, Founder, Love For His People Ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina)

A reported 32,494 Russian citizens have madeΒ aliyah, or immigrated to Israel, in 2022, through Israel’s Law of Return, according to Ofek Israeli, an organization that encourages immigration to Israel throughout much of the world.

Ofek Israeli’s efforts extend particularly to encouraging aliyah in Western European countries, and to providing new immigrants assistance with bureaucratic procedures and Hebrew-immersion courses.

According to the organization, the numbers reflect a 400% increase in immigration from Russia to Israel compared with 2021. An additional 14,450 immigrants this year came from Ukraine; 3,280 from North America; 1,957 from France; and 1,474 from Ethiopia. 

According to Ofek Israeli, about 61,000 immigrants in total arrived in Israel in 2022 by mid-November, more than twice as many as the same time in 2021. Final numbers will be published near the end of the year.

Ofek Israeli is planning a conference in Ashdod for hundreds of its emissaries stationed worldwide. These emissaries, who assist Jewish communities worldwide to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return, will be given the opportunity to learn about the many absorption programs available to immigrants.

Dissemination of relevant and correct information greatly encourages potential immigrants, Ofek Israeli CEO Shimon Cohen noted. 

β€œIn recent years, this has been carried out with the help of hundreds of emissaries located all over the world,” Cohen said this week .β€œWhen the proper information is distributed correctly to Jews around the world, tens of thousands of people make aliyah to Israel.”

Ofek Israeli Chairman Dimi Afratsev affirmed the vision of the organization: β€œI am proud of the privilege we have to fulfill the Zionist vision every day in our work and to strengthen Israel with tens of thousands of new immigrants every year.” 

β€œEven during the crisis in Ukraine, a country where I served as an emissary in the past, we knew how to react quickly and make sure that those entitled to aliyah would come home to Israel,” he said.

Read more: ALIYAH | RUSSIA

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (married 45 years), founded Love For His People Ministry in 2010. This work gives love and support to our friends in Israel and other nations with friendship and humanitarian aid. Through social media, Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel, it is a growing, effective organization. Steve has also authored and published 36 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids. Ahava and shalom with blessings on ye head!

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