Bringing Israelis home

Friday, October 20, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
A delegation from the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption led by Minister Ze’ev Boim will head to the United States and Canada this week to host job fairs aimed at offering to Israelis competitive jobs back home.

The fairs will present Israelis with various possibilities of integrating into the Israeli job market including aid in establishing businesses, absorption of research and development personnel in academic institutions and integration into other positions in the market.

Israeli companies joining the effort for the first time include Teva, Intel and Manpower, all large, reputable companies hoping to provide employment solutions for workers and actual jobs in Israel.

According to the Ministry of Absorption, there are currently 700,000 Israelis abroad. Sixty percent of them are in North America and have no intention of returning. Ten percent of these Israelis emigrated from North America in 2005. Nearly 25 percent of Israelis live in Europe and another 15 percent in other places in the world.

The population in the United States and Canada has a typically higher percentage of professionals in academics, technology, engineering, different business branches and those involved in academic research. Between 2004 and 2005 the ministry recorded 7,489 Israeli immigrants who returned home, mostly from North America. Thirty percent of them were academics.

The job fairs will take place in six locations, which have the highest of Israeli residency: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Miami and Toronto.

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