35% drop in Israeli migration to US (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Eichner Published: 04.11.12, 16:49)
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2011 saw dramatic reverse of US-Israel immigration trends. Data
reveal number of Israelis migrating to US drops, number of US-born
Jews making aliyah increases
The number of Israelis relocating to the US has increasingly dropped
in 2011, reaching a new low since 2003. Meanwhile, the number of
people immigrating to Israel from the US has increased, according to
data published by the US citizenship and Immigration Services.
Approximately 3,826 Israelis migrated to the US in 2011, as opposed
to 4,515 in 2010 and 5,612 migrants in 2009.
According to the Jewish Agency, 2011 marked a positive increase in
migrants coming to Israel, when some 4,070 North American Jews made
Just six years ago, a record number of 5,943 Israelis migrated from
Israel to the US. When comparing the 2006 figure to the number of
Israelis who left Israel in 2011, the data indicates a 35% drop in
migration from Israel.
Data further reveal a total number of 47,000 Israelis who migrated
out of Israel in the past decade.
The numbers released by the USCIS include only the official
information, and donít reflect illegal immigration to the US.
"The general decrease in the number of people leaving Israel can be
attributed to the current state of the US economy," said attorney
Liam Shwartz who specializes in US immigration law.
"The majority of Israelis who immigrated in 2011 received their
residential status due to a change in marital status, while less than
a third received a green card on account of their specific
profession," he added. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/11/12)
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