Israel at 64: Population of 7,881,000 (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 04.24.12, 18:16)
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Israel´s population grew by 161,000 people since last year´s
Independence Day, approaches 8 million mark
Israel´s population numbered 7,881,000 people on the eve of its 64th
anniversary, data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics
indicate. In comparison, on the eve of its establishment, the State
of Israel consisted of only 806,000 residents.
New data published by the CBS, indicate that nearly 5,931,000 of the
population are Jewish (75.3%).
The Arab population stands at 1,623,000 (20.6%) and the remaining
4.1% are immigrants and their children, who are not listed as Jewish
by the Interior Ministry. They comprise 327,000 residents.
Since last year´s Independence Day, 161,000 babies have been born in
Israel, and 39,000 people have died. Approximately 19,000 immigrants
arrived in the country, while nearly 8,000 chose to leave Israel.
Another 4,500 people joined the general population as a result of
family reunifications. In total, Israel´s population grew by 137,
500 – a 1.8% increase.
The data also suggest that more than 70% of the Jewish population are
native-born Israelis, and more than half of them are at least second
generation Israelis. In contrast, only 35% of the population were
native-born in 1948. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/24/12)
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