Ethnic Stratification in Israel

  • Eyal Bar-Haim
  • Moshe Semyonov
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 4)


In this chapter we review major trends that shaped the population composition of Israeli society and its system of ethnic stratification. We focus on the historical circumstances associated with the establishment of the state and the ways through which migration flows to Israel and the absorption of immigrants into society have formed socio-economic disparities between population sub-groups. More specifically, we argue that the flows of immigrants arriving from a wide variety of countries at different periods have created the current system of ethnic stratification in which distinct geo-cultural ethnic groups are differentiated according to their socio-economic attributes. When doing so we also examine the unique social and economic position of the Arab minority in Israeli society.


Occupational Status Jewish Population Former Soviet Union Generation Immigrant Israeli Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Labor StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.The Department of Sociology and the Department of Labor StudiesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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