The vast majority of JDC-TEVET’s work with immigrants is focused on the unique needs of both first and second generation Ethiopian-Israelis.
About 135,300 Ethiopian-Israelis live in Israel today, nearly 50,000 of whom are of working age.
In the past two decades, rates of employment in the Ethiopian-Israeli population have risen dramatically — from 37% to 69% since 2000 for women; from 62% to 76% since 2000 for men. Amid these successes, 39% of Ethiopian-Israeli families are living in poverty. This is largely due to the cultural chasm existing between native Ethiopians and the Israeli mainstream: many Ethiopian-Israelis came to Israel from completely rural, agricultural backgrounds with little formal education, making well-paying jobs difficult to attain.
While a second generation of Ethiopian-Israelis are more fully integrating into Israeli society, the community still has a long way to go before equal opportunity access to jobs is commonplace. JDC-TEVET programming for new immigrants works to empower women towards employment, and help young immigrants advance their careers.