December 1952 Arab Refugees


UNRWA Report to Seventh General Assembly, p. 6.

“Local governments contributed no funds; the full burden of wages fell on the Agency; the cost was five times that of simple relief. The approved projects were typically roads and public structures, and when they were finished, the refugees returned to tents and ration lines. In short, the Agency found itself financing and operating labour camps to build public works which the Governments themselves would have built the following year. There was no enduring benefit for the refugees nor financial relief for the Agency, and the program was gradually brought to a conclusion as funds ran out”

Source: Arab Refugees. (p. 16)

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