DP11877 Israel's Immigration Story: Globalization lessons

Author(s): Assaf Razin
Publication Date: February 2017
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JEL(s): F22, F6, H00, J1
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics and Finance
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The exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel in the 1990s was a unique event. The extraordinary experience of Israel, which has received three quarter million migrants from the Former Soviet Union, amounting to 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. 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.