Netanyahu meets holocaust survivors, members of the "Yad Ezer Lachaver".
(photo credit: KOBI GIDEON/GPO)
By the year 2035, there will only be some 43,700 Holocaust survivors living in Israel, according to a report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, observed annually on January 27.
The report stated that the population of survivors is aging and their numbers are decreasing with each passing year.
According to forecasts, by 2020 there will only be some 156,000 survivors living in Israel, and by 2025 the number will decrease to 111,100.
At the end of 2015, some 202,600 Holocaust survivors were living in Israel.
Of these, 63,500 were survivors from the ghettos, hideouts, labor camps and concentration camps, with 78% of the survivors originating from European countries.
An additional 108,900 lived under Nazi rule outside of Europe. Of those, 55% were born in North Africa, primarily Morocco, Tunisia, and Libya. Some 30,200 were refugees, of which 75% were born in the former Soviet Union.
These three groups have been defined by various official government and private entities as “Holocaust survivors,” according to the report, and as such are entitled to receive the rights and benefits due to them for their experiences and exposure to the Nazi regime.
“A Holocaust survivor is a person who lived in one of the countries occupied by or under the direct influence of the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945 and/or refugees who were forced to leave their homes due to the Nazi regime,” the report stated.
Of the survivors living in Israel at the end of 2015, some 59% were women and 41% were men. As the age of the survivors has increased, the share of women has also significantly increased. Of the survivors aged 83 years and above, some 62% were women and 38% were men.