Historical material on previous refugee crises


A selection of material from the TUC Library on the subject of refugees and migration

Following the distressing images of refugees attempting to enter Europe via the Mediterranean and eastern Europe in recent weeks, the following items from the TUC Library Collections document previous movements of refugees and stateless persons within Europe, particularly during and after the Second World War.

Above, “The Economics of the Refugee Problem”, Focus Publishing Co., 1939

A pamphlet by Sir Norman Angell, published by the National Committee for Rescue from Nazi Terror, 1943.

A welcome card from the Reception Committee, Young People from Occupied Territories, UK, c. 1940s

A plate depicting migrants moving throughout Greece, from “No Room for Them?…. Commentary presented to the Council of Europe on the problem of refugees and surplus elements of population in Europe”, Council of Europe, 1953.

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