CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - Newly released statistics for 2006 reveal that Israelis who left Israel that year outnumbered the new immigrants.
Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) report, released Thursday, show that 22,400 Israelis emigrated to other countries in 2006.
The figures confirm reports that 2005 and 2006 saw "negative immigration for the first time in the history of the Jewish state.
According to CBS projections, the trend continued in 2007, with 2.3 out of every 1,000 Israelis who left stayed in other nations for more than a year.
Countering CBS statistics, other sources pointed out that many Israelis study abroad for a year or more, others make extended stays abroad for business or pleasure with the intention of moving home after a few years.
According to the report, about a half a million Israelis are living abroad at this time.
Source: YNet news