MJB’s work on immigration was initiated in 1990 in response to the major influx of immigration from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and growing concern about the integration of Ethiopian immigrants who had begun to arrive in the 1980s.
In the more than two decades since, we have built an extensive body of research knowledge on both immigrant groups. During the 1990s, we carried out comprehensive research on almost every aspect of the integration of immigrants from the FSU, with our work significantly influencing national policy efforts.
We have also been the dominant source of information about the integration of Ethiopian immigrants from the early 1990s until today. Our research has not only raised national awareness of the needs of Ethiopian-Israelis, but has also helped Israel understand how those needs have shifted over time. We have also been involved in the evaluation of the major national initiatives for Ethiopian-Israelis.
MJB makes a special effort to include immigrants as a special population within its national studies. Doing so provides critical comparative data on the well-being of immigrants and non-immigrants, which is essential to program and policy development. We also initiate special studies focusing on different immigrant groups.
A pathbreaking national study of Israel’s second-generation immigrant youth, conducted by the Institute's Engelberg Center for Children and Youth with the support of the Harry Weinrebe Fund for the Advancement of Children, provides first data comparing first- and second-generation immigrant youth