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The Polish American Immigration and Relief Committee was one of many organizations established after WWII in the United States by groups of exiles from Europe. After the initially large numbers of refugees from their home countries decreased in the 1970s and 1980s, some of the resettlement organizations were authorized and funded by the U.S. Department of State to serve refugees from those parts of the world that began to generate large displaced populations, in addition to their continuing work with exiles from Europe. As some of the documentation from the PAIRC collection suggests, by the 1980s several of the resettlement agencies were resettling considerably more refugees from Southeast Asia (following the Vietnam war) than from the countries for whose refugees they were originally established. See for example below (third image from left) the American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees reporting 4,228 "Indochinese" refugees as opposed to 814 "Non-Indochinese" ones (presumably mostly from the former Czechoslovakia) in fiscal year 1981.

 

Cover letter sent on March 1, 1982 to the PAIRC by Lewin and Associates, Inc. along with a replacement page containing reports on resettled refugees for the publication "Kaleidoscope: The Resettlement of Refugees in the U.S. by the Voluntary Agencies"" for fiscal year 1981 (PAIRC, Box 28)

 

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