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Saturday, January 7, 2017
Tel Aviv is Israel's #1 Aliyah destination: Young professional Jews from all over the world choose Tel Aviv as their new home

Tel Aviv is Israel's #1 Aliyah destination: Young professional Jews from all
over the world choose Tel Aviv as their new home
Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality 7 January 2017

For the third year in a row (2014-2015-2016), Tel Aviv is the #1 Aliyah
destination, concluding 2016 with an additional 2900 immigrants who chose to
make Tel Aviv their new home in Israel. In the past year, Israel welcomed
some 27,000 immigrants, according to a report by the Jewish Agency for
Israel and the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption. 11% of the new
immigrants chose to settle in Tel Aviv, the Nonstop City. The report also
showed that most of the immigrants who arrived in Tel Aviv hail from Russia
(715), France (526) and the United States (252).

Immigration to Tel Aviv has come to be characterized by youth; approximately
9,500 of the new immigrants are between the ages of 18 and 35, joining a
third of Tel Aviv's population that is of the same age sector. Tel Aviv
embodies many of the things these young professionals are looking for when
they come to Israel. On top of Tel Aviv's attractive beaches, nightlife and
culinary scene, the Startup City is also home to 1,450 early stage startups,
the highest amount of startups per capita. That constitutes 28 startups per
square kilometer and 1 startup for every 290 residents. 2,400 of the Olim
have a background in high-tech and engineering, a perfect match while the
Tel Aviv startup scene is looking to scale-up to international markets,
providing plenty of jobs for International immigrants.

The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality supports the Aliyah and absorption of new
immigrants by offering them unique career benefits, including workshops
covering important topics such as job search, resume writing and
entrepreneurship, offered in 3 languages. All activities are done in
cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.

The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai: "Absorption and Aliyah is an
important asset for Tel Aviv-Yafo, and I am proud that the support that this
city is providing to immigrants, proved itself over the years. We feel
honored and welcome the immigrants, who chose to make Tel Aviv their new
home and contribute by making this city more interesting, diverse and
cosmopolitan".

Shlomo Maslawi, Chairman of the Immigration and Absorption Committee: “I am
proud to be standing at the head of a municipal system determined to
integrate immigrants effectively into the Tel Aviv-Yafo society. These new
immigrants contribute immensely to the diversity of the local culture and
economy. I would like to thank our partners at the Ministry of Aliyah and
Immigrant Absorption who are working with us in order to make sure these new
immigrants feel at home in Tel Aviv-Yafo”.

Amir Dor, Director for the Department of Immigration Absorption:” I am happy
and proud to be standing at the head of the municipal absorption department,
which is devoted to providing new immigrants with the assistance they need,
in a variety of languages, in order to help them build their home and future
in Tel Aviv-Yafo”.

Tel Aviv Global & Tourism’s CEO, Eytan Schwartz: ”Tel Aviv offers Young
Jewish professionals from around the world an innovative and creative
nonstop lifestyle that is comparable to global cities such as New York,
London and Berlin. Out of the 61 cities studied, Tel Aviv was ranked 8th in
the Global Cities Ranking”.

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