TEL AVIV (Jun. 25)
The total number of Israelis who have emigrated abroad is 380,000, according to a report by the Central Bureau of Statistics issued here this week.
According to the report, about 15,000 Israelis leave the country every year to live abroad. The Bureau estimates that some 35,000 of the 100,000 “yordim” (emigrants) who left Israel in the past seven years are between the ages of 20 and 30.
Additional information about the yordim was disclosed at an Education Ministry-sponsored conference on the issue this week. Haifa University Sociology Professor David Mittleburg reported that 45 percent of kibbutz youth who have immigrated in recent years are army officers, while 37 percent served in combat units. He also said that 60 percent of the young kibbutz emigrants are married to non-Israelis, and 25 percent are married to non-Jews.