The Institute’s research program on immigrant absorption seeks to contribute to Israel's ability to successfully integrate its more vulnerable new citizens into the general society. It focuses primarily on two disadvantaged groups that have experienced considerable difficulty in the integration process: immigrants from the former Soviet Union (FSU), and immigrants from Ethiopia.
The Institute makes a special effort to include immigrants as a special population within the national studies carried out by all of its research divisions. Doing so provides critical comparative data on the well-being of immigrants and non-immigrants, which is central to program and policy development. The Institute also initiates 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