This holiday season, we ask you to give the gift of trusted news…

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours this holiday season.
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Tel Aviv-Yafo Top Destination for New Immigrants
The Mediterranean Sea is a draw for new immigrants to Israel who decide to make Tel Aviv their new home. (Simon Mannweiler / Wikimedia Commons)

Tel Aviv-Yafo Top Destination for New Immigrants

The city became home to over 10% of all  new citizens of Israel in 2020      

For the third year in a row, Tel Aviv-Yafo was the city of choice for new immigrants to Israel.

According to the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, some 2,305 new Israelis, known as olim, settled in Tel Aviv-Yafo in 2020, which accounts for more than 10% of the 21,109 new immigrants to Israel.

Amir Dor, director of the department of immigration and absorption at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, told The Media Line that Tel Aviv is a “living” city that draws new residents attracted to its culture, night life and “tolerance for everyone to live how they want to live,” as well as its status as an economic hub.

It’s very much a ‘you do you’ type of city where individuality is embraced and welcomed

Those are some of reasons why Julia, a Montreal native in her 20s who arrived in Israel in 2019, made Tel Aviv her home.

“Coming from Canada it was too difficult to resist the opportunity to live right by the Mediterranean Sea. Also, having spent some time in Tel Aviv in the past, I always loved the people and the social scene,” she told The Media Line. “It’s very much a ‘you do you’ type of city where individuality is embraced and welcomed.”

A little under half of the olim, or 1,140, who settled in the city hailed from Russia. The second most common countries of origin were the North America bloc of Canada and the United States at 359. France followed with 339.

Over the last ten years, 30,038 new citizens have made Tel Aviv-Yafo their new home.

Simcha Brodsky, a music producer who immigrated to Israel from Monsey, New York on Oct. 27, 2020, was the 16,000 new immigrant to Israel in 2020. He says he chose to live in Tel Aviv because of its geographic convenience.

“It’s a great central location. It’s easier to move around, set things up, meet people. It seemed like a good fit,” he told The Media Line.

Dor says that new immigrants are given many personal services, such as assistance registering children for school, in addition to access to things like tours and cultural events – before the coronavirus hit, and lectures on employment and high tech, which have now moved online as a result of the pandemic.

It’s a great central location. It’s easier to move around, set things up, meet people. It seemed like a good fit

“We give a lot of support for olim in six languages in everything they need to make a better aliyah to Israel,” he said. Among those languages are  Russian, English, French and Spanish, as well as Hebrew.

While Tel Aviv is the most popular city for new arrivals, the number of immigrants was much smaller than the approximately 4,450 olim who settled in the city in 2019.

Dor says that this is result of overall lower 2020 immigration numbers, and that the 21,000+ olim who arrived last year is down from a record-breaking 2019 high which, according to the Jewish Agency, was 34,000.

Elsewhere in Israel, Jerusalem was the second most popular destination for new immigrants, followed by the coastal city of Netanya.

 

Did you know we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the 1st American News Agency exclusively covering the Middle East?

  • The Middle East landscape is changing rapidly.
  • The roads in the region open to new possibilities.
  • The Media Line continues to pave the way to a far greater understanding of the region’s land, people, policies and governments through our trusted, fact-based news.

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Please make your gift today.
Thank you!

We paved the way to be the Trusted Mid East News you can rely on!

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.