April 26, 2016

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.

Read the full article here. To put in a request to utilize the archives, please download the research request form here.
ISS-USA is the U.S. member of a global child protection and social service network. ISS-USA connects vulnerable children, adults, and families, separated by international borders, to the services and support they need.
The University of Minnesota’s Social Welfare History Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to historical records that support research and understanding of social services and social reform in the United States.
Public Radio International (PRI) is a global non-profit media company focused on the intersection of journalism and engagement to affect positive change in people’s lives. Its mission is to serve audiences as a distinctive content source for information, insights and cultural experiences essential to living in our diverse, interconnected world.  

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