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Israel’s population hits 9.14 million

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Israel’s population grew by 1.9 per cent to 9.14 million in 2019.

The Central Bureau of Statistics released the statistics on Tuesday, the last day of 2019.

The breakdown of the population includes 6.772 million Jewish citizens, or 74.1 per cent; 1.916 million Arab citizens, or 21 per cent;  and 448,000, or 4.9 per cent, classified as “other,” including Russian-speaking immigrants who are not Jewish.

Some 177,000 new births were recorded in 2019, 74 per cent to Jewish mothers and 22.3 per cent to Arab mothers.

Just over one-fifth of the population increase, or 34,000, came from immigration, according to the bureau.

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