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Non-Jewish minorities and their access to Israeli citizenship: demographic threat perceptions and ensuing state strategies

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Averbukh, Lidia

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract On Independence Day in May 2016, the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics announced that the Israeli population had increased tenfold since the State’s establishment in 1948. Leading national newspapers rejoiced that the population has multiplied from an initial 800,000 to almost 8.5 million, a figure ascribable to the highest birth rate in the western world among other facts, such as Jewish immigration. This, in turn, can be attributed to the fact that the state seeks to preserve and promote the country’s Jewish majority. The downside of this policy is the discrimination of minorities living in Israel, which are deemed a demographic threat. This applies not only to Arab Israelis, but also to the growing number of foreign workers who replace labour forces from the Palestinian territories, and to African refugees whose legal integration within the Israeli citizenship system is not foreseen. Less exclusive access to citizenship and the secure legal status of non-Jewish population groups is likely only to be possible if they are no longer viewed as a threat. (Autorenreferat)
Keywords Israel; citizenship; population development; growth; citizen; naturalization; alien policy; civil rights; Jew; Arab; Palestinian; immigration policy; discrimination; minority; ethnic group; integration; legal status
Classification Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
City Berlin
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series SWP Comments, 43/2016
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications