Even during these turbulent times, Jews from around the world move to Israel.
Jews have always lived in and moved to Israel. They started coming to Israel in greater numbers throughout the 1800s as the number of Jews in the land moved up from 3% to 14% of the population.
The reasons why people come to Israel have changed over time:
- A spiritual connection to the land;
- Escape from poor treatment in their prior home country;
- Economic opportunities;
The main regions that are coming to Israel over the past few years are: Russia/Ukraine; France; US/Canada. In August 2014, over 300 Jews from the US and Canada moved to Israel, with over 100 joining the Israel Defense Forces.
Since 2008, Israel has been the home to more Jews than any other country- for the first time in almost 2000 years.