This paper presents a case study, which demonstrates the power of applied anthropology in combining theory with practice in the effort to change reality. Drawing on a multi-site ethnographic study conducted between the years 2005 and 2012, in each of the immigration journey’s stations—in Ethiopia (origin country) and Israel (destination country), this paper highlights the importance of applied anthropology insights in educational projects of immigration absorption. This paper is based on the transnational paradigm, presenting immigration as a complex process, which is created via an ongoing discourse between countries, cultures, and people. It points out the importance of the immigration journey, its length and complexity, as well as its implications on the absorption and assimilation process of immigrants in their destination country. Focusing on the education aspect of absorption, this paper argues that beyond inter-cultural differences, absorption processes must also acknowledge the significance of the movement and journey in a dynamic reality. This paper is concentrated on a specific educational project, demonstrating how anthropological perceptions like doubting the obvious, heterogeneity, critical thinking, and reflectivity can be used to change absorption policies. This paper shows how applied anthropology can translate immigration practices and insights into practical educational and absorption approaches.

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