27 Percent Drop in Immigration…

27 Percent Drop in Immigration to Israel

‘Only 14,900 new immigrants arrived in Israel in the first half of 2002 – a 27 percent drop compared to the corresponding period in 2001 and 45 percent below the number that arrived in 2000 during the same period, according to figures released yesterday by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics,’ the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

The ‘security situation and the economic recession were noted as the main deterrents to immigration‘, the daily newspaper added.  Palestine News Roundup [Palestine Chronicle]