The Public Interest

The Refugees: What “Infighting”?

Amitai Etzioni & Victor H. Palmieri

Summer 1982

PROFESSOR AMITAI ETZIONI was resident sociologist in the Carter White House during 1980 when I was serving in the State Department as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Coordinator for Refugee Affairs. In that capacity, I had occasion to consider and reject his proposal to involve community-based social service organizations (such as United Way) in the resettlement process along with the traditional, specialized private refugee agencies such as the U.S. Catholic Conference, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, International Rescue Committee, and the like. His article on his proposal in a recent issue of The Public Interest (“Refugee Resettlement: The Infighting in Washington,” Fall 1981) invites a response.

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