Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context

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Sarah S. Willen
Lexington Books, 2007 - 268 pagina's
Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context explores both how and why the recent influx of approximately 200,000 non-Jewish migrants from dozens of countries across the globe has led state officials to declare in definitive terms that Israel "is not an immigration country" despite its unwavering commitment to welcoming unlimited numbers of "homeward-bound" Jewish immigrants. As this innovative volume illustrates, the arrival of these economically motivated migrants, about half of whom are defined by the state as "legal" and half as "illegal," has dramatically transformed the local labor economy of Israel/Palestine. Moreover, the presence of labor migrants, along with smaller groups of asylum seekers and victims of trafficking in women, has also generated a wide array of complicated legal, policy-related, cultural, and ideological questions and dilemmas for the Israeli state, local municipalities, and civil society.Taking both the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Israel's newfound embeddedness in globalizing labor markets as backdrop, this multidisciplinary collection investigates the causes as well as the consequences of these new waves of transnational migration to Israel both in comparison to other world regions and in terms of three interrelated levels of analysis: first, the micro-level of migrants' everyday experience; second, the meso-level of state and institutional policies and practices; and finally, the macro-level of global political economic trends and processes. Bringing together a dynamic array of pioneering senior researchers along with more junior scholars, the volume is distinctive not only in its incisive comparisons between Israel and other "destination countries," but also in its multifaceted analysis of how the Israeli migration regime has shaped, constrained, and on occasion been challenged by the arrival of these largely unanticipated migrants. Among the themes analyzed are the relationship between transnational migration processes and the simmering Israeli
 

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Introduction
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TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AND THE ISRAELI STATE IN FLUX NATIONALLEVEL PERSPECTIVES
29
Labor Migration Managing the EthnoNational Conflict and Client Politics in Israel
31
Litigating Citizenship Beyond the Law of Return
51
TEL AVIV AS GLOBAL CITY LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION
71
Local Migrant Policies in a Guestworker Regime The Case of Tel Aviv
73
Migrant Workers Segregation and Adaptation to the Ethnic City The Case of Tel Aviv
87
IRREGULAR MIGRATION AND HEALTH
101
Asylum Seekers and Trafficked Women A Comparative Perspective on Health Care Entitlements
139
SEEKING INHABITABLE SPACES OF WELCOME ETHNOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES ON UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS EVERYDAY LIVES
157
Flesh of Our Flesh? Undocumented Migrant Workers Search for Meaning in the Wake of a Suicide Bombing
159
The Rise and Fall of African Migrant Churches Transformations in African Religious Discourse and Practice in Tel Aviv
185
Terms of Endearment Undocumented Domestic Workers and Their Israeli Employers
203
Challenging Exclusionary Migration Regimes Labor Migration in Israel in Comparative Perspective
217
References
233
Index
255

Rights Citizenship and the National State Health Policies toward Migrant Workers in Comparative Perspective
103
Undocumented Migrant Workers and Access to Health Services in Germany Points of Comparison to Israel
123
Contributor Biographies
265
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Sarah Willen is a research rellow in the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) Postdoctoral Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

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