Making aliya is not always a bed of roses

Some recent olim are heading back to their countries of origin. They tell of their difficulties in coming to Israel, raising tough questions about what can be done to improve life here.

By TAMAR DRESSLER
February 28, 2018 17:13
A YOUNG immigrant from Ethiopia waits upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion in 2012

A YOUNG immigrant from Ethiopia waits upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion in 2012. (photo credit: REUTERS/NIR ELIAS)

Israel was built on the waves of immigration even before it became a state, and still encourages aliya. Representatives of the Jewish Agency for Israel are placed around the world, and photos of new olim arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport make regular appearances in Israeli newspapers.

However, it seems that after the initial joy of aliya wears off, many of the olim from English-speaking countries – such as the US, UK and Canada – fail to adapt to Israeli life and end up moving back to their countries of origin.

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