Jewish immigration to Palestine in the long 1920s: An exploratory examination

Jacob Metzer

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This article aims at filling some gaps in the existing knowledge regarding the quantitative dimensions of Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine, particularly during the first decade of British rule. It does so by providing an explorative analysis of the immigration in the long 1920s (1919-32), which is based on a newly constructed micro data set containing rich details of about 45,000 individuals (making up more than 40% of all the registered immigrants in those years). In dwelling on the immigrants' demographic characteristics, labor market skills, and entry categories, the analysis offers tentative answers to some of the questions concerning the comparative nature of Palestine's Jewish immigration at the time, while pointing to other, still unresolved issues awaiting further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-251
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Israeli History
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article is part of a research project on Jewish interwar migration conducted by Hagit Lavsky and myself. Hagit Lavsky made important suggestions all along. Nachum Gross, Ephraim Kleiman, and an anonymous referee provided useful comments. Haim Avni, the director of the Central Zionist Archives (CZA), Batya Leshem, senior staff member, and the other staff members of the CZA were all extremely helpful and supportive. Invaluable research assistance was supplied by Gur Alroey, Revital Benita, Guy Galili, Anat Goldman, Sagit Harel, Sebastian Klor, Edy Levit, Israel Pupko, and Efrat Shpiro. The research has been supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant 955/02). I am thankful to them all.


  • Aliyah
  • Jewish immigration
  • Long 1920s
  • Palestine


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