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Israel’s population at the end of 2018 stands at 8.972 million people, 2 percent more than a year ago, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on the eve of the civil New Year. Nearly three-quarters of the population (74.3 percent), or 6.66 million people, are Jewish; 20.9 percent  (1.878 million) are Arab and 4.8% were listed as “others.”

During 2018, some 185,000 babies were born, 74.4% Jewish, 22.8% Arabs and 2.8% “others.”  Some 28,000 new immigrants arrived, 31.5% from Russia. 19.6% from Ukraine, 8% from France and 79% from the United States.

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The Central Bureau of Statistics added that the population estimates do not include the foreign worker population residing in Israel, which is estimated to be around 166,000.

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