Israel is in 4th place in the OECD in terms of the share of immigrants in its population, with the foreign-born accounting for 26% of the total population. 19% of them arrived in the last 5 years compared with 22% on average across OECD countries. The foreign-born population is on average more educated than across OECD countries, with 46% of highly educated compared with 31% across OECD countries. 

64% of the foreign-born population are employed (69 and 60% of men and women, respectively), which is close to the OECD average. The foreign-born population is more likely to be employed than their native-born counterparts. This discrepancy is partly driven by differences in age and educational distributions.

Native-born offspring of immigrants represent 16.8% of the 15-34 population. They have on average higher educational attainment than the offspring of the native-born (with 45% of them highly educated compared with 43% of the offspring of the native-born). They are much more likely to be employed than the latter and differences in educational attainment account for 24% of the differences between the two groups.

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Topic Definition
Housing Immigrants living in a suitably-sized dwelling, %, 2009
Income Annual equivalised disposable income, USD, 2008
Health Foreign-born adults reporting to be in good health, %, 2009
Education Mean reading score of native-born children of immigrants, points, PISA 2009
Employment Employment rate of the foreign-born population (15-64), %, 2009-10
Skill matching Highly educated immigrants (15-64) in highly skilled jobs, % of highly educated immigrant employed, 2009-10
Naturalisation Persons naturalised in 2010 as a % of the foreign population in 2009


Foreign-born population
1.9 million
26.2 % of total population
Foreign-born population (15-64)
  Israel OECD average
Recent immigrants
  19% 17%
Highly educated
  46% 31%
From an OECD high-income country
  .. 28%
From country with same official language
  .. 27%