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Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context

Edited by Sarah S. Willen - Contributions by Rami Adout; Michael Alexander; Heide Castaneda; Nadav Davidovitch; Dani Filc; Adriana Kemp; Guy Mundlak; Rebeca Raijman; Anat Rosenthal; Galia Sabar; Itzhak Schnell and Zeev Rosenhek

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 « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 278Size: 6 3/8 x 9 3/8
978-0-7391-1067-6 • Hardback • December 2007 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
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.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Part 2 Transnational Migration and the Israeli State in Flux: National-Level Perspectives
Chapter 3 Labor Migration, Managing the Ethno-National Conflict, and Client Politics in Israel
Chapter 4 Litigating Citizenship Beyond the Law of Return
Part 5 Tel Aviv as Global City: Local and Municipal Perspectives on Transnational Migration
Chapter 6 Municipal Policies in Comparative Perspective: Understanding Tel Aviv's Policy Response to the Labor Migrant Phenomenon
Chapter 7 Transnational Migration in the Context of Tel Aviv's Changing Urban Environment
Part 8 Irregular Migration and Health
Chapter 9 Rights, Citizenship and the National State: Migrant Worker Health Policies in Comparative Perspective
Chapter 10 Citizenship, Rights, and Ambiguity: Undocumented Migrant Workers and Access to Health Services in Berlin and Tel Aviv
Chapter 11 Asylum Seekers and Trafficked Women: Comparative Perspectives on Health Care Entitlements
Part 12 Seeking Inhabitable Spaces of Welcome: Ethnographic Perspectives on Undocumented Migrants' Everyday Lives
Chapter 13 "Flesh of Our Flesh"? Undocumented Migrant Workers' Search for Meaning in the Wake of a Suicide Bombing
Chapter 14 The Rise and Fall of African Independent Christianity in Israel, 1990-2004
Chapter 15 Terms of Endearment: Undocumented Domestic Workers and their Israeli Employers
Chapter 16 Concluding Chapter: Challenging Exclusionary Migration Regimes: Labor Migration in Israel in Comparative Perspective
A wonderful book. It provides a window into the lives of immigrants in Israel, a place not usually thought of as a site for contemporary labor migration. A major contribution to transnational migration studies.
Leo Chavez, University of California, Irvine

This edited volume is one of the first monographs in English to deal with non-Jewish migration to Israel and situate this fairly recent phenomenon within a global context. Each chapter draws upon multiple levels of analysis, highlighting the contradictions, ambiguities and contingencies at work in the Israeli migration regime. This important book will be of interest for a wide range of scholars and professionals interested in contemporary migration, Israel and the Middle East. Researchers of citizenship, irregularity and public health will find here analyses with invaluable insights well beyond the book's regional focus.
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, August 2009

This fascinating book comes along at a time when immigration is of growing interest in many countries. Not only does it provide rich information on contemporary migration to Israel, but its explicitly comparative dimension will make it useful to scholars of transnational movements around the world.
Josiah Heyman, University of Texas at El Paso

Sarah Willen's introduction connects the structural condition of non-Jewish migrants in Israel with that of migrant workers in the Arab Gulf, one of many strikingly illuminating points raised by the volume.
MESA Bulletin