During the first six months of 2006, (January to June) 8,127 new immigrants arrived in Israel, similar to the same period during 2005 (when 8,121 new immigrants arrived). During the entire year of 2005 a total number of 21,180 new immigrants arrived in Israel, this according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.
The number of immigrants coming from the former Soviet Union (3,747) is down by 5 percent compared to the first half of 2005.
The number of immigrants from the Asian republics of the former Soviet Union is down by 8 percent, and from the European republics down by 4 percent.
Immigrants from Ethiopia are up to 1,851, compared with 1,781 for the same period in 2005.
The median age of the immigrants in the first half of the year is 28.5, similar to the first half of 2005 (28.6).
The number of immigrants from Britain rose by 60 percent and from the United States rose by 10 percent.