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
Prof. Moshe Semyonov, TAU, Ruppin, Israel
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
Arnon Mantver‐ Director JDC, Israel

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
Paula Edelstien‐ Co‐Chair, Immigration & Integration Department, Jewish Agency for Israel

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
Dr. Moshe Sharir‐ Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

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
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"
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
Prof. Ada Zohar‐ Ruppin Academic Center, Israel

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
Dr. Sibylle Heilbrunn, Ruppin Academic Center

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
Amir Mizroch‐ Executive director, The Jerusalem Post, Israel

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