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THEWELL-WORN APHORISM from the constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization states that “since



wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed. ” As we reach the end of the twentieth century, another force can be seen at work to defeat war, namely, the construction of hundreds of thousands of new communities-communities of persons, communities of nations, and in many senses, new international communities. The chief architect of this force in our society has been the immigrant, migrant, refugee, displaced person-all names for the individual who sought a new home in a strange country and, on arrival, was faced with the task of adapting to a new community. The various types of migrants cited above not only reflect different motivations but also present widely different needs and expectations in terms of public services, including libraries. For purposes of this article, the distinction is made between permanent and temporary migration; the latter is treated elsewhere in this issue by Fest. Permanent immigrant

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