A new report published by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBI) showed that 9 million people were now residents in the Jewish state.
The figures, released just before Israel’s Independence Day, showed population growth remained stable at 2% year-on-year increase. Immigration remains a major part of this trend, with 31,000 new arrivals offsetting a part of the 47,000 deaths.
Israel has historical policies in place to encourage the immigration of Jews from the world over, and they represent the overwhelming majority of new residents. More than 45% of the world’s Jewry now lives in Israel, as opposed to 6% when Israel was created in 1948.
The CBI also forecast that the population of Israel would reach 15.2 million by its 100th anniversary, in 2048.
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