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Post-Soviet migration to Germany and Israel

Discussion with Jannis Panagiotidis and Larissa Remennick


The end of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a great emigration movement. Over a million people left the Soviet Union for Israel, over two million received German citizenship as so called Russian-German “late resettlers”, and almost 250,000 people of “Jewish nationality” received permanent right of residence in Germany.

How did the Russian speaking newcomers integrate into the German and Israeli societies? What are the impacts on the second generation of migrants? And how do they shape the political, social and cultural developments in Israel and Germany today? The discussion focuses on the different legal and social settings that immigrants were facing in both countries and the repercussions on their social and economic establishment.

Universität Wien

Bar-Ilan University

Gabriele FREITAG
German Association for East European Studies (DGO)

The discussion relates to the journal Osteuropa 9-11/2019 available in English and German:

"Migration, Identity, Politics. Trans-inter-national: Russia, Israel, Germany": https://www.zeitschrift-osteuropa.de/hefte/2019/9-11/english

"Migration, Identität, Politik. Trans-inter-national: Russland, Israel, Deutschland": https://www.zeitschrift-osteuropa.de/hefte/2019/9-11/

In cooperation with Stiftung Deutsch-Israelisches Zukunftsforum (dizf)

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