1 Int'l Migration Rev. 3 (1966-1967)

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                            Editorial



    Migration is an international fact, before it becomes an international
problem.
    Geographical and social mobility are at the root of that universal
process of change forcing contemporary societies, not only to be open
for new institutions, but to be ready to institutionalize mechanisms for
a continued process of change.
    Across international borders or boundaries of metropolitan areas,
we can watch a massive flow of people moving after goals of economic
stability, professional promotion, and political and religious freedom.
The new dimensions of such unprecedented geographical and social
mobility are reflected in the farmers' exodus from agriculture, in the
increasing urbanization of the world, in the plea of refugees, in automa-
tion and retraining for new jobs, and in the consequent problems of
culutral integration and assimilation into new communities.
    In this modern context, The International Migration Review takes
its place and finds its meaning. The change of title from the former
International Migration Digest needs only a word of explanation. Neither
the approach of a basically humanistic understanding of the problem of
migration has been changed, nor have the means, i.e., the apport of
human sciences for a realistic view of this problem, been modified. In
fact, an interdisciplinary cooperation in the field of migration is indis-
pensable. If demography, economy, sociology, history, psychology, may
give us an insight concerning the origin and the development of the
phenomenon of migration, statistics, ecology, and human geography
may complete the analysis of the significant variables of the same
phenomenon.
    The new title, on the other hand, implies a more original effort of
analysis and clarification of issues.
    Voluntary agencies, like the Society of St. Charles that has been
active in the field of migration in different countries since 1887 or the
American Committee on Italian Migration (ACIM-NCRC) that has
established a foundation for our publication, and governmental and
supranational agencies, all are carrying on an invaluable work. This
work, however, must be integrated with scientific knowledge as a guide
and stimulus. The agencies realize that good will for social assistance
cannot cope alone with the growing problems of industrial and urban
centers that are attracting from the hinterland and from abroad a more
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