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Assaf Razin (Tel Aviv University) presents in a GEP/NICEP collaborative seminar. Assaf will present ‘Israel’s immigration story: winners and losers’.


The exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel in the 1990s was a unique event. The extraordinary experience of Israel, which has received migrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) at the rate of 17 percent of its population, within a short time, is also relevant for the current debate about migration and globalization. The immigration wave was distinctive for its large high skilled
cohort, and its quick integration into the domestic labor market. Among various ethnic groups the FSU immigrants ranked at the top of intergenerational upward mobility. Immigration also
changed the entire economic landscape: it raised productivity, underpinning technological prowess, and had significant impact on income inequality and the level of redistribution in Israel’s welfare state.

Read the paper

Date(s) - 22 Mar 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A39 Clive Granger Building