The Minister Sofa Landver
Photo: Nir Landau
Consul General of Israel in Boston, Shai Bazak
Photo: Nir Landau

Returning Citizens conference calls Israeli minds home

Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, government reps urge Israeli academics to help boost Israeli economy. Landver: Brain drain is a strategic danger

A special conference to encourage Israeli academics living and working in the prestige universities in the US to return to their homeland was held Wednesday night in Boston. The Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry Director General Dimitry Apartsev took part in the event along side other relevant Ministry of Absorption officials and government members.


Around 200 people attended the conference, with special stands scattered in the hall where visitors could learn about the new Israeli campaign "For All the Reasons in the World" as well as their rights and benefits as returning citizens, including benefits regarding tax, social security, customs, business entrepreneurship, and more.


A panel made up of representatives from various Israeli government offices to discuss "returning of the minds" was led by the minister, During which visitors were allowed to voice their concerns and questions.


The event was organized by the Consulate of Israel in Boston, the Israeli House in Boston and BioAbroad, a non profit organization for helping Israeli scientists, physicians and entrepreneurs abroad return to Israel and keep in touch with Israel.


Minister Landver said: "Here of all places, in a US academic center is where successful Israeli academics came and resided, and I am here to say to those scientists and researchers: come back home. This brain drain, especially at a time of a global economic crisis, is a strategic danger to a country which views its human resource as the most important resource. Putting a stop to this phenomenon, and preventing it, can boost the Israeli economical growth, a growth so opposite of how other countries dealt with the crisis."

Minister Sofa Landver and Consul General of Israel in Boston, Shai Bazak (Photo: Nir Landau)


Consul General of Israel in Boston Shai Bazak added that "the Israeli community in Boston is well known for its high quality people, because most of their people succeed in academics and high-tech in the area. This community is also very meaningful to Israel, especially if they can return home and contribute. The significance that the Israeli government attributes to this issue is seen here, with this esteemed delegation sent to Boston headed by the Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver."


The delegation is planning to visit other North American and European cities including New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Huston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London.




פרסום ראשון: 11.27.10, 08:45
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