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August 30, 1991 - Image 115

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-08-30

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Change Will
Provide Jobs

Jerusalem (JTA) — The
massive influx of immi-
grants from the Soviet
Union confronts Israel with
the biggest challenge in its
history. But it is also, poten-
tially, the greatest blessing
since the wandering
Israelites . were showered
with manna from heaven.
That is the conclusion of a
79-page report for Israeli
policy-makers, just released
by the Bank of Israel, the
country's central bank.
It was prepared by Hebrew
University Professor Gur
Offer and two Bank of Israel
researchers, Drs. Karnit
Flug and Nitza Kassir.
If the political echelons
take heed, they will stop
agonizing over how to absorb
the thousands of newcomers
into Israel's economy but get
busy readjusting the econo-
my to make the best use of
the new talent.
Soviet aliyah is an econ-
omic blessing because of the
high percentage of univer-
sity graduates and trained
professionals among the
olim, the authors say. In
terms of "human capital,"
Israel in a short time could
N
become one of the richest
countries in the world.
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Today, nine of every 100
employed Israelis has a
graduate degree, compared
to 5 percent in the United
States. When Soviet aliyah
reaches 500,000, the number
of people in the economy
> with advanced degrees will
reach a record 11 percent.
Those graduates will need
to be employed, and current-
ly Israel's job scene is less
than satisfactory. The na-
tional unemployment rate
reached 10 percent in the se-
cond quarter of this year, up
0.2 percent from the first
quarter.
One way to absorb new
immigrants is to throw them
into whatever jobs are
available, as quickly as
possible. That means hun-
dreds of doctors, engineers
and college professors doing
menial work.
The alternative is to list
the special vocational skills
the new olim bring with
them and tailor employment
opportunities to fit those
skills.
The authors of the report
clearly favor the latter ap-
proach.
If these immigrants find
jobs that match their skills,
they will be happier, adjust
to Israel more quickly and
could be counted on to re-
main here.

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