2016 Annual Assessment

Annual Assessment 2016

Dr. Shlomo Fischer

Avinoam Bar-Yosef, Susanne Cohen-Weisz, Rémi Daniel, Chaya Ekstein, Dan Feferman, Avi Gil, Inbal Hakman, Michael Herzog, Simon Luxemburg, David Landes, Dov Maimon, Steven Popper, Uzi Rebhun, Shmuel Rosner, John Ruskay, Noah Slepkov, Shalom Solomon Wald, Einat Wilf

Barry Geltman
Rami Tal

2016 Annual Assessment

Putting aside for the moment issues of occupational licensing (e.g., licensing procedures for pharmacists, nurses and investment consultants, as well as the component of Government Resolution 2225 that relates to reserved public service jobs), we can say that most elements of the government resolutions have been implemented successfully. The downturn in Aliyah is due to the fact that the resolutions focused mainly on encouraging Aliyah, while absorption, especially its employment aspects, did not receive the attention it deserved. This eroded both the potential for Aliyah and the potential for absorption.

To preserve what has been achieved in terms of encouraging Aliyah and streamlining management of French immigrants’ Aliyah files, it is urgent that the 2015 special budgetary allocation be renewed for 2016 and 2017. However, if we are to realize the potential that Aliyah from France represents, we must also be prepared to undertake additional efforts – particularly in the employment sphere. Improving employment absorption entails an occupational guidance initiative (providing guidance, personal assistance, vocational counseling) as well as augmented placement services.