Ethnocentrism, universalism, and refugees’ social rights: The Israeli perspective

Maya Tsfati, Adital Ben-Ari, Iris Lavi

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This article is a pilot study in which we analyzed interviews with 16 inhabitants of the Tel Aviv area. We show that Israeli adults’ views of refugees are shaped by the political discourse of threat and otherness. Yet the findings also suggest that individuals may resist the prevailing discourse and advocate for refugees’ inclusion within Israeli society through the welfare regime. Thus, a gap is revealed between two perspectives that reflect current conflicting perceptions of social inclusion, the immigration regime, social rights in regard to African refugees and the character of current-day Israeli society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-369
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date24 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


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