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Study: 75% of Russian olim have no regrets By Jerusalem Post Staff Three-quarters of immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union said they would do it again if they were given the opportunity, according to a survey commissioned by the Immigration and Absorption Ministry. Only 10% of those surveyed said they would never have immigrated if they knew then what they know now. On the other hand, almost a third of new immigrants between the ages 18 and 34 said they were not sure they would stay in Israel. The survey will be presented in its entirety on October 16 during the first Immigration and Absorption conference, which will take place in Ashdod under the auspices of the Jewish Agency, Bar-Ilan University and the Immigration and Absorption Ministry. The survey also compared the socioeconomic situation of new immigrants in comparison to veteran citizens and even their political views. For instance, the survey found that veterans were more concerned with cataclysmic dangers such as security issues and economic instability while FSU immigrants were slightly more concerned about health issues. According to the study, new immigrants earned less than their native or veteran counterparts, with 41% in the NIS 5,000 or less income bracket compared to just 13% among veterans. Just 20% earned NIS 10,000 or more while 45% of veteran Israelis said they did. Also, unemployment was significantly higher among newcomers (11%) compared to the veterans (6%). Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is slated to take part in the conference, which will discuss issues such as the possible amending of the law of return, the economic and political ramifications of immigration, and the rise of alternative media outlets aimed at the FSU immigrants.


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