Among Israeli residents aged 20 years or older, 56% moved from one community to another community within Israel, or from overseas (6% of this group moved to Israel from overseas), according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics’ Social Survey, carried out in 2018. Moving to new community was more common among Jews (64%) than among Arabs (18%).
Different areas of the country showed varying proportions of people relocating. I would have thought that the highest movement would have been into the Tel Aviv area, but the Tel Aviv District only came in 3rd place with 68% of the Jewish population having moved there from somewhere else. The locale with the highest number of residents entering the area was Judea and Samaria, with 87% of the Jewish population coming from elsewhere. Coming in second place was central Israel, with 73% new to the area. Jerusalem, in contrast, has pretty stable population, with only 47% of Jewish residents (200,000 in total) newly arriving from outside the city, and 7% of Arab residents (13,000 in total) coming from outside the city.

From where did people moving to localities in the Jerusalem district originate? About one-third (34%) departed from other communities in the area, such as Beit Shemesh, about one-fifth (21%) left Tel Aviv, 13% came from Judea and Samaria and the rest arrived from other places.

And to where were residents of the Jerusalem district heading when they moved? About one-fourth (24%) moved to communities within the area, such as Mevaseret Zion, about one fourth (26%) moved to Judea and Samaria, about one fifth (21%) moved to central Israel and 16% relocated to the Tel Aviv area.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.