A recent study by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research (IJPR) indicates Jews are immigrating to Israel from European countries at the highest rates seen in decades.
While the numbers fall short of the numbers immigrating to Israel in the 1930s or other periods of mass exodus in recorded history, they are still staggering figures. France has seen the most noticeable increase, but it has been happening to countries all over Europe. The IJPR considers an exodus to be 30 percent of the Jewish population leaving a nation or region.
IJPR specifically analyzed six countries: France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. These six nations account for approximately 70 percent of all the Jewish people in Europe. The migration levels of Jews from the UK, Germany and Sweden were not unusual, but they were much higher than usual in France, Belgium and Italy. Approximately four percent of all Jews in Belgium and France migrated to Israel between 2010 and 2015, versus between 0.6 percent and 1.7 percent leaving the UK, Germany and Sweden in that same time period.
Europe has seen a major overhaul in its demographics within the last decade and a half. Immigrants from the Middle East, northern parts of Africa and south Asia have been coming to Europe in droves, and that rapid immigration has been a big subject of discussion in European politics. Immigration and cultural experts believe this rise in Jewish emigration is due in large part to this sudden change in culture, making it necessary for Jewish communities to “try to orientate themselves.”
It is yet another sign that we must care for Israel and work to be the “watchmen on the walls” for Jerusalem and all of Israel, with so many Jewish people returning to the Holy Land. For more information about how you can help with our mission at Curt Landry Ministries, contact us today.