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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Haaretz commissioned poll: only 2% of Israelis seriously planning emigrate

Bottom line: the overwhelming majority of the 37% of Israelis who told the
pollster they are considering a move to a different country at some time in
the future have also thought about their neighbor's spouse and a lot of
other things. But judging by the statistics, the odds are probably better
that they will follow up on their neighbor than that they will leave the
country.

Haaretz commissioned poll: only 2% of Israelis seriously planning emigrate
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 15 December 2012

The 14 December 2012 magazine section of Haaretz features an article with
the headline "Bye, the beloved country - why almost 40 percent of Israelis
are thinking of emigrating"
http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/bye-the-beloved-country-why-almost-40-percent-of-israelis-are-thinking-of-emigrating.premium-1.484945

But consider the information buried in the article:

While the survey conducted for Haaretz by the market-research firm Meida
Shivuki C.I., under the management of Noam Raz and Merav Shapira found that
37 percent of Israelis are considering a move to a different country at some
time in the future, only 2 percent of those surveyed said they are certain
they will leave Israel.

The primary reason the potential emigrants cite is the difficulty of getting
ahead economically in Israel -- cited by 55 percent of those considering
emigration. Raz terms this notion a “fantasy.” “We want to think we have a
way out of here, but only 2 percent really intend to leave,” he explains.

According to the hard data, the scale of migration in Israel is three
leavers per 1,000 residents. Michal Sabah, a doctoral student in
demographics at the Hebrew University who also works for the Central Bureau
of Statistics, notes that in comparison with developed countries -- such as,
among others, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia -- migration from
Israel is low.

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So basically we have an article in Haaretz with pages and pages slamming
life in Israel while the actual data on emigration - and even the percentage
who are certain they will leave - tells a very different story.

Bottom line: the overwhelming majority of the 37% of Israelis who told the
pollster they are considering a move to a different country at some time in
the future have also thought about their neighbor's spouse and a lot of
other things. But judging by the statistics, the odds are probably better
that they will follow up on their neighbor than that they will leave the
country.

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