The Jerusalem Post

Despite corona, more than 20,000 immigrated this year

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From last Independen­ce Day to this one, 20,456 new olim came to Israel despite the difficulti­es caused by corona, according to data published by the Aliyah and Integratio­n Ministry.

Among them are 3,208 who work in marketing and trade, 812 in medical fields and 517 in education. Most of the 18-35 age group work in the social sciences, a majority of them in technology.

Children under the age of 18 comprised 4,748 olim, and 420 specifical­ly came to Israel to serve in the IDF.

“I’m happy to continue to bring people to Israel despite the challenges of the coronaviru­s,” said Aliyah and Integratio­n Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 25,000 Jews from all over the world have come to Israel, with thousands more waiting.”

Over the past decade, some 262,905 olim have immigrated to Israel.

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