NEW YORK (May. 25)
The numbers of North Americans emigrating to Israel was increased by 21 percent in the first third of 1982, as compared with a year ago, according to figures released today by the Israel Aliya Center of North America.
The center’s director, Moshe Shechter, reported that 521 new immigrants from North America departed for Israel between January and April 1982, as compared with 421 during the same period last year. The first third totals included 116 families and 199 individuals, with approximately 89 percent under age 45. Increases were also shown during the first four months in 13 of the 19 regional aliya center offices.
According to Shechter, current projections indicate a continued upswing through the end of summer. He also reported an increase in the number of interviews scheduled with families and individuals seeking Aliyah information and assistance.
“Traditionally, the largest group immigrating during the first four months of the year was singles headed for kibbutzim,” explained Shechter. “In past years, this time frame included few families. The unusual fact about the first third of 1982 is that more than 60 percent are family members.” Shechter attributes this to America’s economic difficulties and the favorable job and professional retraining opportunities which Israel offers.