Volume 16, 2011 : The Emerging Second Generation of Immigrant Israelis

The New Second Generation in Israel:
Key Issues and Main Challenges


Nelly Elias
Department of Communication Studies
Ben-Gurion University


Adriana Kemp
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Tel-Aviv University


This article offers an overview of the empirical research on the new second generations in the Israeli setting, while highlighting the sociological problématique emerging from the data. The article summarizes key empirical findings on the second generation of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, and children of migrant workers, and introduces new variables and theoretical angles that have recently emerged within the Israeli context of immigration, such as transnationalism and inequalities based on race, nationality, religion, and citizenship. We argue that by introducing these analytic parameters, the Israeli research agenda on immigrants' second generation should expand beyond replication of the questions applied toward the massive immigration waves of the 1950s.

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