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Migration, Transnationalism, Diaspora, And Research On Israelis In The United States

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This chapter presents the theoretical framework of international migration generally and transnational migration specifically, including diasporic affinities. It also reviews the state of research on Israelis in the United States. The approach of transnationalism focuses on migrants' ability to blend social and identity resources from their different societies at origin and destination to amplify their independence from the commitments and constraints that bind them to their homeland. A central component in the singular identity of members of a Diaspora is the maintenance of ties with the origin country. Israeli group may include some who speak Arabic; most of them are Jews who were born in Muslim countries in Asia and northern Africa and immigrated to Israel and the United States. Ideological motives, Jewish identity, socioeconomic factors, and family considerations merge as 'hold-repeal' or 'push-pull' factors in the decision to stay in the new country or return to the homeland.

Keywords: diaspora; international migration; Israeli; Jews; transnationalism; United States



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