American Olim Love Jerusalem (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/20/12)
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One-third of American olim choose Jerusalem as their home, and the
percentage of olim moving to the capital is on the increase.
The percentage of olim (immigrants) preferring Jerusalem as their new
home in Israel has risen dramatically from the decade of the 1990s,
when the vast majority of newcomers were from the former Soviet bloc.
The most recent statistics available are from 2010, but the trend was
estimated to have continued last year.
Jerusalem was the number one choice for 15 percent of all new
immigrants in 2010, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel
Out of 17,000 olim, 2,550 moved to Jerusalem, 1,000 to Tel Aviv and
920 to Haifa. In the previous decade, Carmiel, located east of Haifa
in the Galilee, and the southern port city of Ashdod were the biggest
favorites of olim.
Jerusalem, which is relatively more expensive, was largely neglected.
In 1999, only 5.8 percent of olim made their home in the capital. The
number jumped to 12 percent in 2005 and 15 percent in 2010 as the
percentage of Western immigrants also grew.
Fifteen percent of immigrants from France and 10 percent from Britain
re-settled in Jerusalem in 2010.
Unlike the 1990s, when olim moving to the capital preferred the
northern Jerusalem areas of Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Yaakov, more are
moving into the more expensive neighborhoods of Talbieh, Rehavia and
the center of the city. Har Homa, located on the southern edge of
Jerusalem and east of Gilo, also is a popular destination.
Since the Six-Day War in 1967, 164,300 Jews have moved to Israel.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/20/12)
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