Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context

Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context

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This first-of-a-kind edited collection considers the recent phenomenon of transnational migration to Israel in a comparative context. The essays gathered here explore the large and rapid influx of foreign workers in Israel and how their presence has contributed to major shifts in the local labor economy while also generating complicated legal, policy-related, cultural, and ideological questions and more

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  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 160 x 232 x 26mm | 639.56g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739110675
  • 9780739110676

About Sarah S. Willen

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 more

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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 Bulletinshow more

Table of contents

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 Perspectiveshow more