The latest official figures on the population of Israel have been published, and it turns out that the Jewish nation continues to grow steadily. Overall, the population increased by 1.7 percent in 2020. Some 9,291,000 people live in the country, of which 6,870,000 are Jews (73.9 percent), 1,956,000 (21.1 percent) are Arabs, and 465,000 others (neither Jews nor Arabs, like the many Russian residents of Israel). The Arab portion includes both Muslims and Arab Christians. However, their exact rate is not recorded statistically.
Eighty-four percent of the population growth came about through births, and 16 percent through immigration. In 2020, 176,000 children were born in Israel and around 20,000 immigrants entered the country (compared to 34,000 immigrants the previous year). The Corona crisis made immigration much more difficult, and that is why we are particularly thankful for those who endured the challenge of making Aliyah in 2020. About 50,000 Israelis died last year, 3,314 of them from COVID-19.
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