Friday, January 16, 2015
Good news: An exodus of "French" Jews is already underway and accelerating rapidly
In 2012, there were just over 1,900 immigrants to Israel from France. The following year nearly 3,400 "French" Jews emigrated; in 2014 approximately 7,000 left. For the first time ever, France heads the list of countries of origin for immigrants to Israel, and the ministry of immigration absorption expects another 10,000 "French" Jews to arrive in 2015. That would mean more than 22,000 Jews fleeing France for Israel in the space of just four years, nearly 4.5% of the country’s Jewish population. The departure of 100,000 "French" Jews might once have been inconceivable. No longer. In a 2014 survey of France’s Jewish community, the largest in Europe, three out of four respondents said that they were considering emigrating.