Strands of Diaspora: The Resettlement Experience of Jewish Immigrants to Australia

J. Forrest*, I. M. Sheskin

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    While in contemporary usage the term ‘diaspora’ is often construed to denote any deterritorialised or transnational population, it most meaningfully refers to dispersal and resettlement of a population elsewhere. Jews are a prime example of such a diaspora. While in the Australian context, Jewish immigrants have many of the middle class and disproportionately professional occupational backgrounds of transnationals, most Australian Jewish immigrants seek permanent resettlement. The surge of Jewish migrants in the past half century has produced a people less assimilated than integrated, part of Australia’s economic, political and social life while conscious of themselves as a community bound together by a common religious tradition, with Zionism — support for Israel — an important element of their lived experience and of the diasporic tradition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)911-927
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of International Migration and Integration
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

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