A Troubled Homecoming
On Radio 4, writer, academic and diplomat David Dabydeen recalls five very different stories of mass migration from around the world in Neither There Nor Here with A Troubled Homecoming (Monday-Friday, 1.45pm).
In this first programme, we hear the story of the Ethiopian Jews. Persecuted in the 1980s, tens of thousands have been airlifted to Israel under that country’s Law of Return. Housing, healthcare and education were all provided under a meticulous assimilation plan. Yet Ethiopian Jews remain the most disadvantaged group within the Jewish population. Many have been victims of racism and tensions have boiled over, resulting in clashes in with the police.
Why has the homecoming to Israel been so troubled for the first generations of Ethiopians? And are there signs that younger members of the community are determined to improve their circumstances?