|M.Sc Student||Uzan Talila|
|Subject||Integration of New Residents into the Moshavim as Part of|
Their Community Expansion Program
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Dr. Levia Applebaum|
|Professor Emeritus Naomi Carmon|
Beginning in the 1990's an unprecedented institutional program for village expansion made it possible for non-farming people to join the moshavim in Israel. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the expansion program on the moshavim, and in particular to see whether the new residents were integrated socially and organizationally into these rural communities.
The research was carried out in two Regional Councils: Emeq Hefer and Be'er Toviya. Eleven moshavim were chosen from these two councils, all of which had accepted new residents during the last two years or earlier.
Four main subjects were addressed in this study: The integration of new residents into the formal municipal system, their social integration, their impact on local services and the attitudes of moshav members and new residents towards the program and its outcome.
The conclusion of this research is that although the "moshavim expansion program" constitutes a revolutionary change for the moshavim, it is going through with almost no conflicts between moshav members and the new residents. Both groups believe that the expansion contributes to the community. In most of the moshavim included in this study the community is still not fully integrated, but it is possible to see a positive progress and to expect that an integrated community, in which the new residents are equal partners, will in fact develop in the future.