The influence of immigration on the mental health of those seeking psychiatric care in southern Israel: a comparison of new immigrants to veteran residents. Academic Article uri icon


  • The wave of immigration from the countries of the former Soviet Union from 1990 to 2006 brought to Israel over 1,000,000 people. Many of them suffer from different diseases including mental disorders. Although the majority of older persons are free of serious psychopathology, 15-20% of the elderly people may be in need of psychiatric services. The aim of the study is to compare the mental health parameters of two elderly groups living in the southern part of Israel who suffer from severe mental problems: new immigrants from the former USSR (NI) in contrast to veteran Israelis (VR).

publication date

  • January 1, 2008