Which countries did Israeli Jews emigrate from in 1939-1951 ? This table is incomplete (for example, it only shows the origin of ~3000 in 1948). Is better data available (preferably online) ?

  • Wow, that's a really, really strange table. As you say, it only accounts for 30% of the total for 1948 as reported in that table's summary column itself, and totally fails to mention any part of Europe except for the UK and the Soviet Union, nor any Middle-Eastern or North-African countries (where a large part came from). Furthermore, the citation link at the bottom is to the home page of the IBS, not to a specific report. Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 16:17
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    I don't have the resources to provide a full answer right now, but the Wikipedia page on Aliyah can provide more thorough numbers, and much more extensively sourced. Commented Dec 12, 2015 at 16:25

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Generally, it used to divide the immigration to Israel into "waves"(free translation from Hebrew). during this year, 1939 to 1951, it used to include three waves:

  1. Aliya Bet(free translation: Immigration 2nd) during WW2 Included ~17,000 immigrants, most of them Europeans.
  2. Aliya Bet after WW2 Included ~85,000 immigrants, most of them Europeans
  3. The mass "Aliya" since Israeli independence(May '48) to 1951 Included ~650,000 immigrants from many countries; as Iraq(20%),Romania(19%), Poland(17%), Yemen(8%), Morocco(7%), Bulgaria(6%), Turkey(%), Libya(5%) and Iran, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Germany, Egypt, USSR, Yugoslavia(all of them 3% or less). Reference for these data can be found here(In Hebrew)

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