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International Migration Of Jews

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Transnational diasporas reflect the existence of personal and institutional networks among people who maintain social relations and collective identities across states' boundaries. As a necessary prerequisite to the assessment of transnational relations among contemporary Jewry, this chapter reviews some of the main quantitative and structural developments of Jewish migration over the last decades. It pays attention to what can be termed the systemic, hard, versus the individual, soft, aspects of transnational diasporas. In historical perspective and in current practice, international migration has constituted one of the main formative mechanisms of the global Jewish experience. Since World War II, about 4.7 million Jews were involved in international migration. The rate of return of Jews from the United States at the peak of migration during the early twentieth century was the lowest of any ethnic group, and reached 5% versus a total average of over 30%.

Keywords: Jewish migration; transnational diasporas



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