Yes to Immigration, but What about Immigrants? Local Attitudes to Immigrant Absorption

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Immigrant absorption and attitudes toward immigrants in Israel may be conceptualized as part of the general phenomenon of migration and treatment of new members joining a social collective: The veteran members of the collective are likely to see the benefits of accepting new members to the existing social framework, but at the same time are also generally aware of the costs they may be required to bear. Both benefits and costs may be defined in collective or in individual terms. Israeli society's basic values, as well as its mainstream social ideologies, stress both the commitment to absorb immigration and the advantages to be gained from it. This commitment is derived from the very definition of the existence of a Jewish nation, and of the political entity of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish, people finding its institutional expression in the Law of Return. 1 Furthermore, owing to Israel's geo-political situation, the benefits to the collective and to the individual of accepting immigration are often weighed in terms of relative size and strength.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRussian Jews on Three Continents
Subtitle of host publicationMigration and Resettlement
EditorsNoah Lewin-Epstein, Yaacov Ro'i, Paul Ritterband
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherFrank Cass
Number of pages324
ISBN (Electronic)9781315036564
ISBN (Print)0714647268, 0714642762
StatePublished - 1997

Publication series

Name Cummings Center series

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Immigrant absorption -- Israel
  • Immigrants -- Israel -- Social conditions
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) -- Social conditions


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