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Immigrants to Israel: 1948-1952

(July 1953)

In May 1948, when Israel became independent, there were some 600,000 Jews in the country. By the time the battles subsided, toward the end of that year, 110,000 immigrants had arrived, 6,000 Jews had been killed in the war, and the stabilizing borders contained 100,000 Arabs or perhaps a bit more. The total population was 800-850,000.

By the end of 1952, 738,891 immigrants had arrived (this includes the 110,000 who arrived in the second half of 1948).

Muslim countries  
Turkey                                     35,025
Syria and Lebanon                     34,608
Iraq                                           124,226
Iran 25,593
Yemen and Aden                       48,375
Other Asian countries                  7,597
Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria         52,584
Libya                                          32,129
Egypt                                          17,114
Total Muslim countries 377,251
Communist satelite states  
Poland                                       106,751
Romania                                   121,537
Bulgaria                                      37,703
Czechoslovakia                          18,815
Hungary                                     14,519
Yugoslavia                                   7,757
Total Comunist states 307,082
Western states  
South Africa                                    538
Other Africa                                    576
Germany & Austria                  11,016
Other Europe                            19,605
Latin America                              2,025
Total Western states 33,760
USA & Canada 1,809
Unidentified 18,989
Grand total 738,891

The USSR is not on the list.

Source: Israel State Archives