A Dossier concerned with the education of migrant workers in which the point of view of the workers themselves was left out of account would not only be incomplete but also one-sided. What is primarily involved is, after all, their present and their future. Refusing what they call an education that is a form of ‘charity’, the authors of this article thereby affirm that no one can take the place of migrant workers in expressing their needs and aspirations with regard to rights and, more especially, to education, training, culture and the development of their personalities.
Whatever the talent and authority of the specialists who have been so good as to contribute to our Dossier, whatever the earnestness, sympathy and sense of responsibility which they bring to bear, in their respective fields and countries, on the problems implied by scientific knowledge and improvement of the social and cultural status of migrant workers, it seemed necessary to us also to listen to those for whom these problems are a matter of direct concern in their daily lives and—it goes without saying—are bound up with their present and their future.
The opinions expressed are those of the authors.