Aliyah from the UK increased by 34 per cent, the largest increase in new immigrants to Israel in 2009, the Jewish Chronicle reports.
The Jewish Agency for Israel has announced a global increase of 17 per cent, after more than 16,200 new olim made their home in Israel.
The largest number of the new immigrants was 3,767 from the US and Canada with, but 835 British citizens also made aliyah, the largest increase in emigration volume.
Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said: “Every new immigrant strengthens the country and is a strategic asset to Israel.”
Michael Jankelowitz, foreign spokesman for the Jewish Agency, said: “I think British Jews have a really strong Jewish consciousness, and I think we’re making a concerted effort in Britain to encourage people to take the plunge and move to Israel.
He added: “Interestingly, I think what we’re seeing in the figures is that most immigrants are coming from the free world, from democratic countries.
“They are not running away from anything. They are choosing to come because they prefer to live in Israel. That’s very encouraging.”
Source: Jewish Chronicle
It is estimated that up to 5 million Britons are living abroad and hundreds of thousands leave or emigrate each year.
If you need any immigration advice or help with Studying in the UK, Settlement, Citizenship, Sponsorship, extending Work Permits, Visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: