Resettlement of Hungarian refugees, 1957-1959

Summary report by the International Rescue Committee, May 1960

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-governmental aid organisation, was founded in the United States in 1933 to help refugees fleeing fascist and communist dictatorships in Europe resettle and integrate into the American society. Between 1956 and 1960, the Committee supported thousands of Hungarian refugees and helped them get through initial difficulties and financial problems, provided support in learning English and, if possible, finding employment in their original profession, and helped young people get scholarships to institutes of higher education and continue their studies.

The report below, written by the resettlement department of the IRC, summarizes the experiences and achievements of the first 2+ years.