What do Israelis think about immigrants? A new survey, commissioned by the Immigration and Absorption Ministry, reveals something of a love-hate relationship.
The majority of the population — some 73% — thinks that immigration is vital for the state. This is presumably primarily due to what many Israelis consider the need to boost the Jewish demographic in Israel.
Nevertheless, Israelis see a clash between national and personal priorities. Some 30% of Israeli-born respondents think that immigration makes it harder to find housing and 35% think that makes it tougher to find work.
Immigrants are also thought responsible for crime, with 52% of Israeli-born respondents saying that immigrants have a negative effect on crime. The high figure on crime may well be connected to recent the arrest of immigrants for high-profile crimes and the ensuing discussion about immigration laws and crime, which was reported here.
Thanks to MASA, the question of whether you are a secular Jew or just a Jew in denial is particularly live at the moment. So Chana Etengoff could hardly have chosen a better time to study the reactions of that particular segment of society. Although, perhaps tellingly, she’s having trouble finding people who self-identify as a secular Jew between 18 and 29.
She’s studying the post high school values and beliefs of the various strata and subcategories of the Jewish community. The really thoughtful thing about her survey is that she allows the people surveyed to find out what they believe and value — so it is really an investment that will save many hours of meditation, classes and soul-searching.
But, if her troubles continue, perhaps she can just extend the survey to JuBus.
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