During a ten-year-long project of researching the labor migrant community in South Tel-Aviv, Zubida researched the accommodation of labor migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel. The patterns of their accommodation resulted in social conflict, economic competition, and spatial dislocation between newcomers and ‘indigenous’ populations. The confluence of these populations, on the one hand, brought new cultural fusions, economic advantages (which are sometimes exploitations or the result of exploitation), and on the other hand, ‘neighborhood renewal’ or gentrification.
Hani Zubida (Ph.D. New York University) is currently the Chair of the Political Science Department at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College. He is also a well-known media personality in Israel, who anchors and who provides professional commentary on various television and radio shows both in Hebrew and English. His research specializes in immigration, labor migration, identity and general identity, borders and social borders, Israeli democracy, and its socio-economic and political realms.