As a result of the admission into Palestine of many Jews in the capitalist category and the extreme curb put on labor immigration, recent comers have settled mainly in the towns.
According to government statistics, 108,000 Jews, approximately eighty-five per cent of the immigrants who entered since 1931, have been absorbed into the towns, while fifteen per cent settled in agricultural communities.
Arab papers report that there are now 400,000 Jewish settlers in the Holy Land, of whom 225,000 entered in the last three years. A great portion of the increase, according to the Arab press, is due to the number of illegal Jewish immigrants.
The Palestine government, however, estimates the total number of Jews at 320,000, of whom 30,000 are illegals.
The census of 1922 showed a Jewish population of only 90,000.