Recently Newsweek ran an article titled “More Israelis Are Moving to the U.S.—and Staying for Good” that featured Adam Milstein as the chairman of the Israeli-American Council as well as many other prominent Israeli-Americans who have found a permanent home in the United States.
Recently the United States embassy moved their headquarters to Jerusalem, in a controversial move that was lauded by many Israelis. Also, Isreal celebrated its 70th birthday recently. One would think that Isreal would be an amazing place to live at the moment, but many people, like Adam Milstein and others, have moved to the United States in what is known as a great “brain drain”. Why is this happening?
It is tempting to think that the political turmoil in Isreal might be the reason, but that is only one small part of the puzzle. The cost of living in Isreal is really what’s doing it, with many Israelis like Adam Milstein and others flocking to big coastal cities in the United States. The high cost of living plus low wages make living in Isreal difficult for many people at the moment.
The data is staggering. According to “More Israelis Are Moving to the U.S.—and Staying for Good”, between 2006 and 2016 87,000 Israelis became U.S. Citizens. That is a massive increase from previous years and telling of a shift in culture. These are only people who became citizens, not tourists or people on student visas. If all of those people were counted the number would be much, much higher.
Although the United States has its problems, as Adam Milstein has written extensively about, it is also still known as a place for opportunity particularly in terms of its startup culture and ample jobs in Silicon Valley. Since many Israelis work in the tech field, this opportunity is lucrative and very alluring for them, so it is no wonder that they are flocking to Silicon Valley in droves. We can expect the influx of Israelis to increase as time goes on. Although Isreal has tried to stop its “brain drain“, the trend is not slowing.