Health policies for migrant workers in Israel: When the local meets the global Academic Article uri icon


  • The responses that were developed to the migration waves throughout the world during the last decades ranged from the denial of rights to the provision of a minimum basket of health care services. The Israeli case is of special interest for two main reasons. Firstly, the percentage of migrant workers in Israel is among the highest in the world. The migrant workers' population is estimated to be around 250,000 people, representing 4% of the Israeli population and 14% of its workforce. This high proportion creates unique needs and challenges. The second reason is the distinctiveness of Israel's migration regime. While Israel is a country of immigration, the historical goal of assuring the Jewish people the right to self-determination created a different approach to Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants, as established by the Israeli Law of Return. While the former are entitled to the benefits of …

publication date

  • January 1, 2004