10% of Israel’s Population Is of Moroccan Descent

Rabat – The number of Moroccans living in Israel constitutes the second largest Moroccan diaspora after that of France.  The number of Moroccan immigrants living in Israel is around 800,000 according to a guide elaborated by the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad. This number makes up a tenth of the entire population of the Jewish state, as well as beingthe second largest diaspora in the world according to the guide.The study incudes those individuals who “have kept a direct or indirect link with Morocco, whether or not they participate in the Moroccan life outside its borders.” France is home to the largest Moroccan diaspora with 1.3 million Moroccans. It is followed by Israel with 800,000, Spain with 758,000, Italy (506,000), Holland (460,000), Belgium (407,647), the United States (150,000), Germany (140,000), and Canada (120,000).In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates is home to largest Moroccan diaspora with 85,000 people. It is followed by Qatar with 75,000, Saudi Arabia with 43,216 and Kuwait with 21,843.Moroccans residing abroad transferred MAD 59.2 billion back to Morocco in 2014. The majority of these transfers came from France, Spain, Italy, the US and Arab Countries while Israel is at the bottom of the list.Moroccan Jews lived in Morocco since for over 2,000 years. Between 1961 and 1964, however, around 97,000 Moroccan Jews emigrated to Israel through Operation Yakhin conducted by the Israeli Mossad. read more

North to receive £2300 less per person in travel spending than London

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Boris Johnson has been urged to keep his promises after a report suggested the North is set to receive more than £2,300 less per person in transport spending than London.The Government’s planned transport spending for London is almost three times more per head than the North unless investment in the Northern Powerhouse gets the go-ahead, a think-tank said.That figure rises to seven times more per person than in Yorkshire and the Humber or the North East, according to the IPPR North research based on Government figures and published on Monday.Its analysis said that the capital will receive £3,636 in transport spending per person, while the North will receive £1,247 in planned spending.The study also suggested that the spending gap had widened over the last decade, with the boost in London being 2.5 times more than in the North.IPPR researcher Luke Raikes said: “These figures show that the Prime Minister must urgently follow through on his promises to invest in northern transportinfrastructure and devolve power to the North’s leaders.”The Northern Powerhouse agenda could benefit people across the whole country. Northern transport infrastructure is a national priority.”A Government spokeswoman said: “We do not recognise these misleading figures – we’re spending more on transport per person in the North than anywhere else.”We are committed to reversing decades of under-investment in northern transport including providing a record £13 billion by 2020 to improve transportnetworks in the North.”As the Prime Minister recently set out, this Government wants to drive growth across the North including through Northern Powerhouse Rail, giving local leaders greater powers and investing £3.6 billion in towns across England.” read more