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African Migration to Israel 1990-2014 – Challenges and Opportunities

9. Sep 2014 von 12:00 bis 14:00

Afriqu’à midi with Galia Sabar

Since the 1990s, Israel has not only witnessed the immigration of around 100’000 African Jews from Ethiopia , but also the arrival of tens of thousands of African labor migrants and Asylum seekers. Together with Jewish and non-Jewish migrants from other parts of the world, these African migrants added to the complex make-up of Israel’s society – in a region engulfed in religious and ethnic tension. Galia Sabar will illuminate the challenging phenomena of African labor migration and refugee flows to Israel since 1990. Based on 18 years of research, she will focus on how migrants have established socio-religious organizations in an attempt to improve their daily struggles for survival. In addition she will highlight the complex relations of African migrants with Israeli society and politics.

Galia Sabar has been the Chair of African Studies at Tel Aviv University between 2000-2013. She has been researching Social and Political issues related to Africa and the African diaspora since 1984. Since 1998 her research has focused on African labor migrants in Israel. Following the massive deportation in the early 2000s of undocumented migrant laborers from Israel, Galia Sabar has expanded her research to include home-coming patterns. Since 2006 her research has focused on African Asylum seekers mainly from Sudan and Eritrea. Parallel to her role as a scientist, Galia has been active in several Israeli and international NGOs including Jerusalem AIDS Project, Hotline for Migrant workers and refugees and Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC). For her work she has received in April 2009 the Unsung Heroes Award granted by the Dalai Lama.

Date: Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 12:15 to 13:45

Venue: Centre for African Studies Basel, Petersgraben 11, Basel

No registration required, no attendance fee. Drinks are available; please bring your own sandwich.

Convenors: Centre for African Studies Basel and Afrika-Komitee, in cooperation with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Bas


9. Sep 2014
12:00 bis 14:00