American Israelis by Ari Rebhun

American Israelis by Ari Rebhun

By Ari Rebhun

It is a thorough research of Israelis who stay within the usa tracing their social and fiscal mobility, their integration into the neighborhood Jewish group, in addition to their attachment to their domestic state.

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These factors, such as an economic slump or an increase in unemployment, have a stronger effect on people in low socioeconomic strata (Lee, 1966). As a rule, the decision to emigrate, or alternatively to ‘stay put’, is made after weighing the balance of positive and negative factors in areas of origin and destination, considering the intervening obstacles of various kinds, and taking into account the expected cost-benefit outcome of emigration, especially in terms of monetary reward (Borjas, 1988; Sjaastad, 1962); “as in other voluntary processes involving social and demographic change .

The considerations that favor return migration originate more in factors of attraction to Israel than in push factors from countries abroad (Lev Ari, 2006). It is the combination of these factors and national and international factors that determines the proclivity of Israelis, like other Jewish migrants, to return to Israel. According to Cohen (2007), more than two-thirds of those who left Israel between 1975 and 1980 returned to Israel before 1990 after having spent two and a half years in the United States on average.

Chapter 3 analyzes the Israelis’ patterns of social, economic, and cultural integration, including those relating to schooling, employment, housing, language, and naturalization. We trace changes in these characteristics as the Israeli emigrants prolong their stay in the United States. This allows us to provide insight into the nature and intensity of success in the new country. We also compare the social and economic attributes of early waves of emigrants with those of later waves in order to assess changes in the selectivity of those who leave Israel.

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