While a majority of Jewish migrants have come from Europe,
more than three-quarters of those alive today have moved to the Middle
East-North Africa region, almost entirely to Israel.
In terms of individual countries, Russia has been the largest
source of living Jewish migrants (more than
700,000), followed by Ukraine (about 300,000). Many of the other top countries
of origin for Jewish migrants – Morocco, Romania, Poland, Iraq and Iran
– once contained thriving Jewish communities that today, in some cases, are
A substantial majority of Jewish migrants (nearly 3 million)
have ended up in Israel. These migrants have come from all over the world, but
mostly from Europe, particularly Russia. Other countries with large
first-generation (foreign-born) Jewish immigrant populations include the United
States (almost 400,000), Canada (about 140,000) and Australia (about 70,000).