My mind is branded with the picture of Jews trying desperately to leave Europe and no one giving them visas. The image of the 1938 Evian Conference (pic.) that decided that Jews are unwanted everywhere, is the fire that powers me. Not even the shittiest banana republic like Nicaragua and Honduras, not even empty British colonies in Africa, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea, not even the Black hellholes like Liberia and Sierra Leon. Only Trujillo agreed to take in Jews, on the condition that they be farmers.
Today is different. In the last twenty years I am increasingly aware of the special programs many countries are offering to attract Jews to settle among them. The American Jewish community is doing everything possible to turn Jews leaving Russia to America. America offers special refugee status to Russian Jews, and generous absorption assistance, partly financed by the Government and partly by Jewish donors. A full third of the Russian emigration choose America instead of Israel. Those Russians are making a spectacular contribution to American economy, just look at the founder of Yahoo. America is silently targeting Israelis and it started to offer "golden visas" to Israelis: no long waiting list, no need to invest, just open a business and you are in.
The other country that is aggressively courting Jews is Germany. Germany's target is to rebuild the Jewish community as it was before the Nazis, about 400,000 persons. Germany offers super-extra-generous assistance to Jews leaving Russia and many of them - overcoming their fear of Germans - choose to accept the offer. Today there are about 250000 Jews in Germany and they are gradually assuming the mantle of the old German Jewy. Israelis are also welcome in Germany, and it is the State of Israel that actively discourages people leaving to the new Jerusalem.
Another country that is very open to Jews is China. When I was there I was considered an overseas Chinese (Jews are an officially recognized nationality in China) and offered very attractive situations just to make me move to China. (That was one of my many lost opportunities to become a very rich Jew). There are several Jewish communities already organized in China.
How much of this competition for Jews is to overcome an historical guilt feeling and how much it is because they recognize that Jews are specially beneficial in modern economy, I dont know. But times change and we are in demand.