May 31

Middle Eastern Melting Pot: How Immigration Has Shaped Israel Over Time


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Last year witnessed the largest number of olim to arrive in Israel in 23 years; 70,000 new immigrants to Israel migrated from 95 different countries, mainly due to the war in Ukraine. Join our conversation with Professor Julia Mirsky of Ben-Gurion University, moderated by Doug Seserman, CEO of A4BGU as we examine the history and impact of immigration towards Israel’s modern-day demographics and politics.
Prof. Julia Mirsky
Head, Center for Research and Education on Migrants' Lives, BGU
Moderated by:
Doug Seserman
CEO, Americans for Ben-Gurion University
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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Julia Mirsky, Ph.D. is a Professor Emerita at the Department of Social Work, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She joined the department in 1998 after a long career as a senior clinical psychologist and a consultant on immigrant issues to public and governmental organizations. She served as the head of this department, supervised tens of Ph.D. and M.A. students and retired at the beginning of this year. Her scientific work is focused on psychological aspects of migration, and she has published several books and tens of academic papers on this subject.

Prof. Mirsky heads the Center (in progress) for Research and Education on Migrant’s Lives at BGU. Up to her retirement, she headed the Samuel and Miriam L. Hamburger Chair in Integration of Immigrant Communities. She had also led the international consortium of six Israeli higher education institutions and five European universities in a project (DEMO) funded by the European Council Erasmus + program. This project developed and implemented experimental teaching methodologies in Israeli academia that focus on the lives and experiences of migrants and refugees. The Center aims to continue the activities of Documentation, Research and Education of professional and communities about migrants’ lives and experiences.