Last week, the Russian state news Agency RIA Novosti has published data provided by the Jewish Agency «Sokhnut» in which it was stated that almost 90% of Russian olim to Israel are Moscow and St. Petersburg.
This information was reprinted by the website Jewish.ru and other publications, and is widespread in social networks.
Editorial NEWSru.co.il asked the press service of the Ministry of aliyah and immigrant absorption of Israel to find this information.
In response to our request was received the following reply: «According to the Ministry of aliyah and immigrant absorption, in 2015 from Russia immigrated 6,600 people. Of these, 3,092 participants from Moscow and 636 man – from St Petersburg. Thus, only from Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2015 3728 immigrated people, representing 56% of the total number of repatriates from Russia».
Note that the difference in the statistics provided by the «Jewish Agency» and the Ministry of aliyah and immigrant absorption is a common phenomenon. This can be explained by the fact that the Jewish Agency take into account citizens that have filed requests for repatriation through the «dry». But not all of these citizens are eventually repatriated. In addition, «dry» can not account for such significant factors as applications for the granting of Israeli citizenship to those who arrived in Israel as tourists. The Ministry of aliyah and immigrant absorption in your statistics take into account all who received a «Teudat OLE» (immigrant certificate).