The number of people living in the settlements continues to rise faster than the country’s overall population, based on 2010 numbers from the Central Bureau of Statistics released this week in advance of Rosh Hashana.
The Israeli population living in Judea and Samaria grew by 4.9 percent compared with the 1.9% growth for the country as a whole, according to the CBS.RELATED:Efforts to annex settlements gain momentum in Knesset 'We won't renew settlement freeze to lure PA to talks'
Overall in 2010, 311,100 Israelis lived in West Bank settlements, compared with 296,700 in 2009.
In 2010, the number of people living in the settlements represented 4.1% of the country’s overall population of 7,695,100. This data does not include Jews living in east Jerusalem.
The settler population rose by 14,400 in 2010, which was very similar to the 14,900 hike in 2009.
According to the CBS, 17,100 people moved into settlements in 2010,
again a very similar number to the 17,400 who came there in 2009.
Some 13,100 people moved out of the settlements in 2009, after 13,000 who left in 2009.
As a result, the settlement population rose by 4,000 due to migration.
The remainder of the population hike – 10,400 people – was the result of natural growth.
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