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Aliyah Up Slightly for 1988

Immigration to Israel from the Soviet Union was up slightly in 1988, but from the United States it was down, according to figures published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

The total number of arrivals last year was 13,304, compared to 12,985 in 1987. The figure included both immigrants (58 percent) and potential immigrants (42 percent).

Soviet Jewish immigration in 1988 totaled 2,283, compared to 2,096 in 1987. The increase is tiny, considering the fact that total Soviet Jewish emigration jumped from 8,155 in 1987 to nearly 19,000 last year.

American Jewish olim numbered 1,551 last year, down from 1,818 in 1987.