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2016 Annual Assessment

1     “Any Jew who wishes to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed with open arms and warm and accepting hearts. They will not arrive in a foreign land but rather the land of our forefathers. God willing, they will come and many of you will come to the home of all of us.” From: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the Grand Synagogue of Paris on January 11, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTvQlmWRvWA
2     Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 1736: http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2014/Pages/dec1736.aspx
Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 1737: http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2014/Pages/dec1737.aspx
Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 2225: http://www.pmo.gov.il/SecretaryGovDecisions/2010/Pages/des2025.aspx
Government of Israel, Government Resolution No. 2446:
http://www.pmo.gov.il/Secretary/GovDecisions/2015/Pages/des2446.aspx
3     According to an as-yet-unpublished survey commissioned by Qualita (an umbrella organization for Francophone olim), French immigrants’ level of satisfaction with Israeli employment-absorption services is low (3 on a scale of 10); most olim are interested in vocational training and many are uninformed about the existence of training program vouchers.
4     Although the research findings may seem unrealistic (over 75% of French Jews are considering emigration) and inconsistent with current Aliyah rates, they nevertheless indicate uncertainty regarding destinations and the existence of a potentially significant pool of individuals eligible for Aliyah who are open to hearing about their options in Israel.
The IFOP study: http://www.ifop.fr/media/pressdocument/883-1-document_file.pdf.
The IPSOS study: http://www.fondationjudaisme.org/wp-content/uploads/PRESENTATION-GLOBALE-ENQUETE.pdf.
In 2012, 49% of French Jews expressed interest in emigrating due to concerns about personal security (per a study by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights): http://fra.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/data-and-maps/survey-data-explorer-discrimination-and-hate-crime-against
5     According to a position paper by Qualita (an umbrella organization for Francophone olim) that was submitted to Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin in May 2016.
6     Deloitte Information Technologies Israel Ltd. The Economic Impact of Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah on the State of Israel, October, 2009, p. 4.
7     Courtesy of Qualita.
8     On relocating companies from France and creating thousands of new workplaces suited to olim, see the Jewish People Policy Institute’s innovative plan: http://jppi.org.il/uploads/Plan%20for%20Immigration%20from%20France-En.pdf

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