About the Absorption Department
Over the years, the city of Netanya absorbed immigrants from France, the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Ethiopia (1982), South America, English speakers and more. Immigrants constitute approx. 35% of the residents of Netanya (as of May 2013).
The population blend brought the city to establish a Municipal Absorption Department that is working intensively, absorbing immigrants into the Netanya-Israeli social fabric, with an emphasis on preserving the immigrant groups’ uniqueness, heritage and culture.
For this purpose, the Absorption Department employs three main units that handle the different communities of immigrants from Ethiopia, France and from the Former Soviet Union (FSU). Each of these units makes an effort to accompany the immigrants in education, schooling and employment while helping with retraining or vocational training and integration in the workplace, in cooperation with the municipal industries.
The department staff consists of an array of professionals that speak the languages, and are able to provide new immigrants with answers in the languages they speak, including: English, French, Russian, Amharic and Yiddish. In addition, there are volunteers that speak Spanish and German who are integrated into the department's activity, when required.