Information Practices of French-Speaking Immigrants to Israel: An Exploratory Study

Yohanan Ouaknine

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Purpose: This preliminary study focuses on information practices of French-speaking immigrants to Israel with three goals in mind: a) understanding their information needs; b) mapping information sources used before and after immigration to cope with these needs, and c) analyzing the information practices related to immigrant's wellbeing. The Israeli law allows immigration and citizenship for any person of Jewish ascendant, and Israel is the fifth country in OECD by immigrants share in its population. Immigration is not only mobility but also a significant transition in life, impacting on immigrant's wellbeing, levels of income, health, and housing conditions. Efficient information practice plays an essential role in coping with these issues. Methodology: French questionnaires were published on Facebook and LinkedIn groups dealing with immigration to Israel in August and September 2020. Seventy-one responses were collected. Findings. This preliminary study revealed a shift in Jewish immigrants' information sources to Israel, from familial and organizational to digital information sources. A second finding is a factor analysis of the main topics researched by immigrants, developed in three components: Integration, Short-term settlement, and long-term settlement. The last finding shows how these components are correlated to information sources used after immigration. Originality. Original aspects of this preliminary study are exploring information sources before and after immigration and their correlation to immigrants' information needs. These findings may also pave the way to include information practices in immigration policy and government agencies' work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiversity, Divergence, Dialogue - 16th International Conference, iConference 2021, Proceedings
EditorsKatharina Toeppe, Hui Yan, Samuel Kai Chu
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030713041
StatePublished - 2021
Event16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021 - Beijing, China
Duration: 17 Mar 202131 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12646 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue, iConference 2021

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  • Immigrants
  • Immigration policy
  • Information needs
  • Information practice
  • Information sources


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