On 31 December 2021, Israel’s population is estimated at 9.449 million residents. This is an increase of about 300,000 since the end of last year.
Of these, 6.982 million, or 74 percent of the population, are Jewish. About 1.99 million, or 21 percent of the population, are Arab and 472,000, roughly 5, are not in either category. These are people from groups like the many different European Christian groups that are represented in Israel as well as people who may have had a right to citizenship under Israel’s Law of Return, but who are not Jews.
According to the statistics from the CBS, the population of Israel grew by 1.7 percent in 2020. This was the same rate as last year. But it is also not a high rate of population increase year to year, relatively speaking.
About 51,000 Israelis died in 2021, which was only a 1,000 increase over 2020, but 6,000 more than the 45,000 who died in 2019.
Approximately 83 percent of the population of the increase came from natural growth and 17 percent of it came from people moving to Israel. from international migration. That amounts to about 50,000 new immigrants entering the country in 2021. This is a rise of about 50 percent over the 34,000 new immigrants who came to Israel in 2020.
Of these immigrants, the largest group, 30 percent of the total, once again came from Russia. In second place was France which constituted 15 percent of all new immigrants. This shows that the trend in recent years of French Jews moving to Israel out of fear of local antisemitism has not abated.
Americans came in third, comprising 14 percent of all new immigrants in 2021 and that was followed by Ukraine which constituted 14 percent.