January 2, 2014

Anti-Semitism seen driving massive rise in French aliyah

Illustrative photo of immigrants from USA and Canada arriving at Ben Gurion Airport on August 14, 2012. (photo credit: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Some 19,200 Jews made aliyah in 2013, a slight rise over the 18,940 who immigrated in 2012, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.

France saw 3,120 Jews leave for Israel, marking a huge 63% increase over the 1,916 who came in 2012. The increase is believed to reflect a well-documented swelling of anti-Semitic incidents in the country.

The phenomenon was not limited to France. Western Europe as a whole saw a 35% increase in aliyah in 2013, driven by a 46% increase from Belgium and a 57% increase from the Netherlands. A poll released in November indicated that a full 75% of self-identifying Jews in Western European countries have considered emigrating because of anti-Semitism.

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