Social Welfare History Archives Provide Glimpse into Lives of Refugees
Baltimore, MD, (April 26, 2016) – ISS-USA’s historical records, housed at the University of Minnesota's Social Welfare History Archives, provided Public Radio International (PRI) with a window into the lives of refugees and refugee camps during WWII. The reports, which detail conditions that echo those faced by refugees today, offer a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of Europeans, largely from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia, who had to acclimate to life inside refugee camps in the Middle East.
At the time, reports on these refugee camps were produced in an effort by officials of Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA) and International Migration Service (which became International Social Service) to improve living conditions in these camps.
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