353 Italian Jews emigrated to Israel last year

Highest since 1948-49, says demographer

14 January, 19:33

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JANUARY 14 - More Italians emigrated to Israel last year than any other year since 1948-49, Italian-Israeli demographer Sergio Della Pergola told ANSA on Thursday.

    The Jewish Agency reported that around 10,000 people from Western Europe moved to Israel in 2015. ''At the end of the year, the figure was 353 - which could seem small but it really isn't,'' he said, ''compared with the only roughly 30,000 Italian Jews. We're talking about just over one in 1,000.'' Della Pergola stressed that ''steadily rising levels of anti-Semitism was a matter of large concern'' for Italian Jews who moved to Israel, as was the case with other European Jews.

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