Jews Leave Israel for Russia, Citing Economic Hardships and Threat of Terrorism

March 4, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On March 4, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Often with mixed motives and identity angst, some former Soviet Jews who rushed for the exit as the USSR crumbled are trickling back to Russia. About 50,000 have made the move in recent years, with numbers rising sharply during the Putin era. Some cite disappointments with life in Israel, economic hardship, and the threat of terrorism since the second intifada began three years ago. Others...stress the opportunities that have opened up as post-Soviet Russia has stabilized, merged with the world market, and entered a period of rapid economic progress." The story went on to give a detailed history of the migration from Russia to Israel in the 1970s, and more details about the current, slower migration of some Jews back to Russia.