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Israeli Figures Show Aging Population

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According to the latest findings of the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Israeli population is aging, immigrants from the former Soviet Union make up the largest ethnic group and tourists are shortening their stays in Israel.

The annual report on the Israeli population in 1993 found that 9.4 percent of Israel’s population of 5.4 million people was over 65 years old, compared to 8.9 percent in 1985.

The report also said there were 712,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union in 1993. Israelis of Moroccan background were the second-largest group, with more than 500,000 people.

Israeli-born citizens made up 61 percent of the population, compared to 64 percent in 1989.

During the past year, 33,500 couples got married, 7,000 divorced and 112,000 babies were born.

The report said the Jewish population in the territories stood at 116,000.

Some 13,800 Israelis moved to the territories in 1993, compared to 6,800 who left the territories to live inside the pre-1967 borders last year.

As for tourists, the average stay in Israel was 17.8 days in 1993, compared to 18.5 in 1992.

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