The 1st Ruppin International Conference On Immigration and Social Integration




 
Immigration and the Challenge of Integration
 
Shifting Attitudes and Societal Mindsets
 
Ruppin Academic Center, Israel
May 31 – June 1st, 2010

 
Session 1: Immigration: Patterns, causes and consequences
 
Chair:
Prof. Moshe Semyonov, TAU, Ruppin, Israel
 
Speakers:
 
Prof. Sergio Delapergola, Hebrew University, Israel
 
Richard Lewis, Vrije Universiteit, Belgium - Moslems in Europe-Threat or Opportunity
 
Philippe Boncour‐ MPRD, International Organization on Migration IOM, Geneva
 
Session 2: Immigrants becoming politically and socially organized
 
Chair:
Arnon Mantver‐ Director JDC, Israel

 
Speakers:
 
Prof. Anthony Orum, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
 
Dr. Vladimir Ze'ev Hanin, Ministry of Absorption, Bar‐Ilan Univ. Israel
 
MK Shlomo (Neguse) Molla , Knesset, Israel
 
Prof. Galia Sabar, TAU, Israel
 
Session 3: Impact of immigration on the absorbing society: perceptions, pride and prejudices
 
Chair:
Paula Edelstien‐ Co‐Chair, Immigration & Integration Department, Jewish Agency for Israel

 
Speakers:
 
MK Dr. Marina Solodkin, Kenesset, Israel
 
Prof. Peer Scheeper, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
 
Prof. Rebeca Raijman, Haifa University, Ruppin, Israel
 
Mr. Alex Selski, Prime Minister spokesman for Russian language Media, Israel
 
 
Session 4: Youth Immigrants: The education perspective
 
Chair:
Dr. Moshe Sharir‐ Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

 
Speakers:
 
Prof. Marie McAndrew, Canada Research Chair on Education and Ethnic Relations, Faculty of Education, University of Montreal  - The Educational Pathways of  Immigrant Students in Canada: the Impact of Ethnic, Socio-Demogrphic, Schoo Process, and School Characteristics
 
Karen Tal, Director, Campus Rogozin‐Bialik Israel
 
Dr. Aviva Zeltzer‐Zubida, Jewish Agency for Israel
 
Dr. Svetlana Bolotin Chechashvili, Ruppin, Israel
 
 
Session 5: Labor Immigration & Refugees: The latest challenges
 
Chair:
Prof. Yinon Cohen, Tel‐Aviv University, Israel

 
Keynote Address: Prof. Zvi Eckstein, Deputy Governor, Bank of Israel - "Immigration, Temporary Foreign Workers and Labor Market Policy for Israel"
 
Speakers:
 
William Tall - UNHCR Representative in Israel
 
Amnon Ben‐Ami, Head of Immigration Authority, Israel
 
Prof. Lea Achdut, Ruppin, Israel
 
Hanny Ben Israel, LL.M, Kav LaOved (“Worker’s Hotline”),Israel
 
Session 6: Immigration and Health
 
Chair:
Prof. Ada Zohar‐ Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

 
Speakers:
 
Ms. Jacqueline Weekers, Senior Migrant Health Officer, WHO
 
Prof. Alex Leventhal, Ministry of Health, Israel
 
Prof. Morton Beiser, Ryerson University, Canada
 
Dr. Rafi Youngman, Ruppin, Israel
 
Session 7: Immigrants and the Economic Arena
 
Chair:
Dr. Sibylle Heilbrunn, Ruppin Academic Center

 
Speakers:
 
Prof. Yitzak. Haberfeld, TAU, Israel
 
Dr. Anastasia Gorodziesky, Juan March Institute, Spain
 
Erez Halfon, Deputy Chairman – Nefesh B'Nefesh
 
Dr. Sigal Shelach , JDC Isael, Tevet
 
 
Round Table: Immigrants discussing Immigration
 
Moderator:
Amir Mizroch‐ Executive director, The Jerusalem Post, Israel

 
Speakers
 
MK Avraham Michaeli, Knesset, Israel
 
Dmitry Apartsev, Director General, Ministry of Immigrant Absorption
 
Takele Mekonen, Program Coordinator, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel
 
Danny Oberman, Executive Vice President of Israel Operations, Nefesh B'Nefesh
 
Nino Abesadze, Journalist, Israel
 
 
Closing Remarks and Farewell

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