Israel's Population Numbers 6.3 Million
by Gad Nahshon
On the eve of its 52nd independence day, Israel's population numbers 6.3 million, up from 6.076 million last year, HA'ARETZ reported.
There are currently 4.9 million Jewish citizens and 1.1 million Arab citizens. Sixty-three percent of the Jewish population was born in Israel and among them, 43 percent are second generation Israelis. According to data published recently by the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 3 million citizens immigrated to Israel, 1 million of whom arrived from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s. Of the 1.1 million Israeli Arabs, 81 percent are Muslim, 10 percent Christian and 9 percent Druze.
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