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Sunday, January 20 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Non-Jewish Migrants in a Jewish State: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrant Workers and their Children

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Over the last 20 years, the issue of migration – and particularly the situation of African asylum seekers in Israel – has become much higher on the public agenda in Israel. This session will provide an overview of non-Jewish migration, including refugees and asylum seekers, labor migrants, and children of migrant workers. We will discuss the legal, social and policy context which shapes these migrants’ lives and the dilemmas they raise for a Jewish state.

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Yikealo Beyene

Originally from Eritrea, Yikealo Beyene was a refugee in Israel for eight years. He spent about two years in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. While in the camp, Yikealo translated the diary of Anne Frank, but he lost the manuscript along the journey to Israel. He is working to complete... Read More →
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Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen has worked for 15 years in social change and human rights in Israel, including on migration. She volunteered with HIAS Refugee Trust Kenya, coordinated the Faces of Exile project through HIAS’s Tel Aviv office, and participated in Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre International... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST