IDF tanks and a flag on the Gaza border 370.
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Most Israelis who leave the country under the auspices of a government
institution or private employer return shortly after, but almost two-thirds do
not want their children to serve in the IDF, according to a recent poll
conducted by Ocean Relocation.
Ninety-four percent of those who relocate
abroad with work return to Israel within two to three years, the poll found.
Only 36% of respondents said they want their children to enlist in the
Ocean Relocation, a specialist in helping Israelis relocate,
based its findings on a survey of more than 300 people who moved abroad in the
service of 52 companies and government bodies.
The poll found that of
those who return to Israel, 52% did so through their own personal choice while
the remaining 48% would extend their stay overseas if given the opportunity.
Some 17% of respondents cited longing for family as a factor in their return.
Just 4% said the security situation in Israel was a factor behind their
Eran Dranger, CEO of Ocean Relocation, said that a 14%
increase in is expected in the number of Israelis relocating abroad in
He added that this reflects a shift in the global labor market
and shows that international borders are becoming increasingly “blurred.”