New data: Israeli immigration lowest since 1980s

Central Bureau of Statistics Rosh Hashana report shows growth rate among Israeli Arabs dropping.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 24, 2008 11:30
1 minute read.
muslims praying 298.88

Muslims Temple Mount 224.88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Immigration is at its lowest since the 1980s, with 18,129 olim arriving in Israel since last Rosh Hashana, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) report released Wednesday. 151,679 babies were born in Israel in 2007, a 2.4% increase in relation to the figure in 2006. The average Israeli woman gives birth to 2.9 babies in her lifetime, with the first child coming, on average, at the age of 27. Israel's total population stands at 7,337,000, the report concluded, with 151,000 babies being born last year, up 2.5% from the previous year. 5,542,000 Israelis are Jewish, 1,477,000 are Arab, and 318,000 were listed as "others," most of them olim who had not registered as Jews in the census. The data, published ahead of the high holidays, also showed that Muslim population growth in Israel was nearly three percent, with the figure standing at 1.5% among Jews. In the past few years, however, there has been a significant decline in the growth rate of Israel's Muslim sector, which stood at 3.8% in 2000. The overall population growth rate in 2007 was 1.8%, a similar figure to recent years and reminiscent of the 1980s, when aliya to Israel was not as high as in the 1990s. The CBS report found that half of Israel's Jews live in the Center, with only 10% of the Jewish population opting to reside in the North. The percentage of Israelis under the age of 14 was 28.4%, significantly higher than in the rest of the Western world, where youths make up only 17 percent of the population. 44,685 couples tied the knot in 2006, 33,800 of them Jewish, while 13,439 couples were divorced. The median marriage age in 2006 was 27.3 for men and 24.2 from women, up from 26.2 and 23.4 for men and women, respectively, in 1999. The percentage of singles among Israel's 20-somethings has risen in the past eight years, the data showed. In 2006, 76 percent of men between the ages of 20 and 29 were single, up three percentage points since 2000. Single women comprised 60% of the corresponding age group in 2006, a staggering 6 percent more than in 2000.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN

Cookie Settings