From 1990 through 2019, a total of 1,457,500 new immigrants arrived in Israel. They account for 22% of Israel’s Jewish population. Among the immigrants to Israel during those years, 75,200 were residing in Jerusalem as of the end of 2019 (5% of the immigrants). They accounted for 13% of the city’s Jewish population. Among the immigrants living in Jerusalem, about one-third came to Israel from the former Soviet Union (FSU) (34%), 27% from countries in Europe (excluding European FSU countries), and 22% from the United States and Canada. The distribution by decade of immigration indicates that 41% of the immigrants living in Jerusalem arrived in the 1990s (30,700 immigrants), 19,900 in the 2000s (26%), and 24,600 during the years 2010-2019 (34%).
The Jerusalem neighborhood with the highest percentage of immigrants in 2019 was Talbiya, where nearly one-third of the Jewish residents had immigrated to Israel during the years 1990-2019. The neighborhoods adjacent to Talbiya also had high percentages of immigrants: Bak’a and Abu Tor with 27% and the City Center with 26%. Numerically, Pisgat Ze’ev had the most immigrant residents, with 8,420, followed by Arnona and Talpiot, with 4,590.
Bak’a and Abu Tor (12%) and Talbiya (11%) were also the neighborhoods with the highest percentages of residents who had immigrated from the United States and Canada, followed by Rehavia (11%). Numerically, Talpiot and Arnona (1,210 residents), Bak’a and Abu Tor (1,200), and Har Nof (1,060) had the most resident immigrants from the United States and Canada.
The Jerusalem neighborhoods with the highest percentages of immigrants from FSU countries were Pisgat Ze’ev (16%), East Talpiot (12%), and Gilo (9%). Pisgat Ze’ev was also the neighborhood with the highest number of immigrant residents from FSU countries, at 6,770, followed by Gilo (2,690 residents) and Kiryat HaYovel (2,030).
Among Jerusalem residents who had immigrated from European countries (excluding European FSU countries), the highest number of immigrants resided in the neighborhood of Bayit Vagan (1,850), followed by Har Homa (1,470) and Bak’a and Abu Tor (1,460). As a proportion of the population, the highest percentages of immigrants from European countries relative to the neighborhood’s Jewish population were in Talbiya (12%), Ramat Denya, Ramat Sharett, and Holyland (10%), and Bak’a and Abu-Tor (9%).