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JPR Executive Director, Dr Jonathan Boyd, presented the findings from JPR’s latest report about the Israeli population living in Britain at the Israel Embassy in London.
Hosted by Deputy Ambassador Eitan Na’eh, the event attracted a range of British Jewish community leaders, representatives of the Israeli community in the UK and journalists from both Britain and Israel.
The report, authored by JPR Senior Research Fellow Dr David Graham and entitled Britain’s Israeli Diaspora, draws extensively on UK Census data to paint a demographic portrait of Israelis living in Britain. It demonstrates that the Israeli population of the UK has grown over time and now stands at its highest ever recorded level of approximately 25,000 people. Whilst this is a considerably lower count than many others have claimed, the data presented in the report show that the number of Israelis living in Britain increased by 350% between 1971 and 2011, and grew at a particularly rapid rate of about 4% per annum between 2001 and 2011. Perhaps most strikingly, the research reveals that for every two British Jews moving to Israel, three Israelis moved to Britain in the same ten-year period.
The evidence indicates that Israelis constitute about 6% of the UK Jewish population today. As Boyd explained in his presentation, most are secular, and relatively few choose to belong to synagogues, but they are just as likely as British Jews to send their children to Jewish schools, so it is clear that this is the main point of contact with the community. Given that this is quite a young population – the majority is aged between 25 and 45 and is highly educated – Israelis could well represent an incredibly valuable pool of talent for the Jewish community if they become active in British Jewish life.
To download the report, click here