Sabra-born Israelis are growing less supportive of continued immigration and see the arrival of thousands of new olim each year as a burden on the state, a study published Tuesday by the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption has revealed.
Presented during its fourth annual conference on immigrant absorption being held in the seaside town of Ashdod Tuesday, the survey of 1000 immigrant and Israeli-born youths showed that 17 percent of those born here felt it was time to stop promoting aliya as an option for Jews worldwide and 10% said that new olim were a burden on the State.
Despite this negative attitude, the vast majority (85%) of young new immigrants that participated in the study said they felt fully Israeli and 76% described speaking in Hebrew with their friends even though they continue to speak their mother tongue with their parents.
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