Spatial and Social Segregation of Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel

Duration of Research: 2000-2001

Funding Agency: Haifa Municipality and the University of Haifa.

Gustavo S. Mesch

Project Description:
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of immigrant motivations, perceptions of attitudes of the host society, acculturation and socioeconomic factors on living in an area with a high percentage of immigrants, the establishment of social ties with members of the local population and voting patterns in the local elections.. Data for the study was collected in 1999 through a survey of a stratified sample of Russian immigrants that arrived to Israel after 1989. Participants were selected according to different levels of residential segregation in the city of Haifa. in one city.


Mesch, Gustavo, S. (2002). Between Spatial and Social Segregation among Immigrants: The Case of Immigrants from the FSU in Israel. International Migration Review, 36(3):912-934.

Mesch, Gustavo S. (2002). Residential Concentration and Participation in Local Politics:The case of Immigrants of the FSU in Israel. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 3: 157-177.

Mesch, Gustavo S. (2003) Language Proficiency among New Immigrants: The role of Human Capital and Societal Conditions. The Case of Immigrants from the FSU in Israel. Sociological Perspectives, 46(1): 41-58.

Mesch Gustavo and Rita Mano. 2006. Housing Attainment of Immigrants from the FSU in Israel: A cost-benefit Approach. Housing Studies.

Mesch, Gustavo (Forthcoming). Residential Concentration and Place attachment among Immigrants from the FSU in Israel. In Ray Hutchison and Jerome Krase (editors) Research In Urban Sociology: Race and Ethnicity .Elsevier Press. Approximate 20 pp.