UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Jun. 23)
A shift in thinking away from repatriation and towards rehabilitation among the Arab refugees is taking place, according to sources close to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency whose director, Henry, R. Labouisse, is in the United States in search of funds to finance a vocational training program to take advantage of this shift.
Mr. Labouisse, in a press conference, stressed the need to obtain funds for UNRWA rehabilitation projects. He said his agency would need at least $15,000,000 for the next twelve months alone to finance vocational and other training projects, and revealed that a great many refugees are now anxious to take this kind of training. Mr. Labouisse’s concern with funds for vocational training lent substance to reports that the refugees are beginning at last to accept the fact that most of them will not go back to what is now Israel.