ERIC Number: ED216793
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Uprooted Children. Migrants and Refugees: The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations.
A symposium addressing the needs of uprooted migrant and refugee children and the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in meeting those needs took place at Wingspread, Racine, Wisconsin in November, 1978. Uprooted children are those migrant and refugee children who have lost their identity as the result of being forced, for socioeconomic, political, or religious reasons, to live in a foreign country. They have not absorbed the shock of the change and have not established ties in their new surroundings. Participants in the symposium were selected for their special experience with migrant children in both receiving and sending countries of Europe and North America. Participants represented governments, international and national social service agencies, and intergovernmental agencies, such as UNICEF. One group of participants dealt with questions regarding governments -- their legislation and regulations, attitudes, understanding or lack of it, apathy, and relationship with NGOs. The second group discussed issues within the NGO world relating to experiences, activities, and programs. Both groups dealt with problems as viewed by NGOs. Contents of the symposium report describe the background to the symposium, characterize the discussions held, explore the relationship of NGOs to governmental agencies and the private sector, and list general recommendations as well as many specific recommendations for action. The brief working paper prepared for the symposium is appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Johnson Foundation, Inc., Racine, WI.
Note: A Wingspread Conference in observance of the International Year of the Child convened by the Committee of Nongovernmental Organizations for the International Year of the Child and the United States Committee for UNICEF.