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. Over the past 25 years, MJB has built an extensive body of research knowledge on these and other immigrant groups, with our work significantly influencing national policy efforts.
Our research on Ethiopian-Israelis has not only raised national awareness of their needs, 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.
In addition to special studies focusing on different immigrant groups, MJB makes a special effort to include immigrants as a special population within its national studies. This provides critical comparative data on the well being of immigrants and non-immigrants, which is essential to program and policy development.