Return of the Exiles

Australia

Though the Australian Jewish community is relatively small, it boasts one of the highest per-capita Aliyah rates in the Western world. Over 10,000 Australians have moved to Israel since 1948.

The majority of Australian Jewish immigrants come from the city of Melbourne, while the rest come from Sydney and Perth. Australian Jews move to Israel mostly for religious or Zionistic reasons, to live and raise their kids in a vibrant Jewish environment.

One notable non-human immigrant from Australia is one of Israel’s most popular tree species, the eucalyptus. Early Israeli pioneers used eucalyptus trees to dry out swamps, which were breeding grounds for malaria-spreading mosquitoes.