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Israel Ranks Next to U.S. and Canada in Absorbing Immigrants

A total of 4,676,000 men, women and children migrated from Western Europe for permanent settlement in various parts of the world, including Israel, during the period 1946-1953, according to a study released today by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration.

The figures show that Israel, with an absorption of 750,000 individuals from the total, ranked next to the United States and Canada in the number of Western European migrants it took in during this postwar period. The United States absorbed 1,375,600 in the years 1946-1953, while 772,800 settled in Canada.

However, the study points out that “the nature of the movement of people to Israel puts that country in a special category which would make misleading its inclusion in any generalization about migration from Europe.”