Press Release

Israel's Immigration Crisis

IDI Roundtable to Examine Israeli Policy Towards Illegal Migrants, Refugees, Foreign Workers


IDI Roundtable to Examine Israeli Policy Towards Illegal Migrants, Refugees, Foreign Workers

Monday, December 24, 2012 17:00 – 20:00, Israel Democracy Institute, Pinsker 4, Jerusalem – With recent waves of illegal migrants and continued efforts to import foreign workers, immigration policy is one of the most controversial issues on the Israeli domestic agenda. In order to further the discussion on Israel's immigration policy and its implications, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) will hold a roundtable discussion with key decision-makers and thought-leaders to analyze this complex issue. Critical questions that will be addressed include:

  • What kind of immigration policy should Israel have beyond the Law of Return?
  • Must Israel rexamine its policy toward refugees?
  • Who profits from and who is harmed by the importation of foreign workers?

Event speakers will include:

  • Mr. William Tall, Head of Office, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Israel
  • Mr. Meir Yitzhak Halevi, Mayor of Eilat
  • MK Dov Khenin, MK, Hadash Party
  • Attorney Dina Zilber, Deputy Attorney General, Justice Ministry
  • Adv. Iris Maayan, Section Head, Foreign Workers' Rights, Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor
  • Mr. Ala Khatib, CEO, Kav L'Oved
  • Prof. Zvi Eckstein, Dean of the School of Economics, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC)
  • Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Vice President of Research, Israel Democracy Institute; Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the Law Faculty, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For more information about the event, please visit the event page. The event will be held in Hebrew and streamed live from the IDI website. English interviews may be scheduled upon request.

For more information, please contact:
Yehoshua Oz
IDI Director of International Communications