London (Jun. 3)
“The situation in the colonies of Palestine is improving. Most of the unemployed have found work in the tobacco industry, the development of which will also result in the increase of immigration to Palestine.” This was the description of the situation in Palestine in the annual report of the Ica, the Jewish Colonization Association, published today.
The report goes on to describe the situation in the Jewish agricultural colonies supported by the organization in the various countries. In Argentina, the situation is somewhat discouraging, some of the colonists having abandoned agriculture and drifted back to the cities.
In Brazil, order has been restored, and the position of the Jewish colonists is improving.
In Canada, the position of the Jewish colonists is normal; the farms have had good harvests, but the profits have been rather small.
In Russia, the Ica has decided to start colonization work on a larger scale, and has for that purpose appropriated a larger sum of money.
In Poland, the introduction of the new currency, the Zloty, has enabled the Ica to resume its operations and provide the Jewish merchants and small manufacturers with longer term credits in a stable currency.
In Roumania, at the beginning of January, there were 4,500 Russian Jewish refugees. 1,000 of them were taken care of and sent to various immigration countries; the rest are still a problem which is engaging the attention of the association. 2,500 of these refugees hold American visas, but they are unable to proceed to America on account of the new immigration restrictions there. The Ica is endeavoring to place these refugees in Brzil and the Argentine.
The report was read at the meeting of the Anglo-Jewish Association here last Sunday. Mr. Barnett suggested that efforts should be commenced to direct Jewish immigration to the British colonies, especially to Australia. Mr. Leonard Cohen, in reply, stated that the Ica has inquired into the situation in Australia and has found that colonization work there is more expensive than in Canada and South Russia.