Survey shows emigration bug infecting Israeli citizens

Published:  21 Dec at 6 PM
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With emigration numbers growing fast across Europe and even in Asia, Israeli citizens are the latest to catch on to the trend, according to a recent survey.

According to a survey carried out by Israeli newspaper Haartez, well over a third of respondents are thinking seriously about emigrating to new lands. The main reason seems to be the possibility of economic opportunity, put on hold in the country since the world financial crisis began.

Over the summer, Israelis have taken to the streets in protest about sweeping budget cuts and austerity measures aimed at reducing the country’s large deficit and protecting its economy. Matters came to a head in mid-October, when parliament was dissolved after agreement could not be reached over next year’s austerity budget.

Elections for a new parliament are due to be held in January, but demonstrators say the committees formed to address their demands have not responded. The spiraling cost of living is hitting hard, especially in the occupied territories, forcing 40 per cent of Israelis to consider migration as their only option.

Other problems encouraging peoples’ wishes to leave include a widening poverty gap for which the Tel Aviv regime has no solution and the equally unstable social gap, an important issue in the country’s culture. The survey also identified 78 per cent of respondents who’d lost confidence in the ailing economy, a considerable increase on last year’s poll.
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