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Italy and Brazil Conclude Immigration Agreement

An agreement has been concluded between the Italian Government and the State of Sao Paulo after long negotiations concerning emigration questions, according to the Italian press.

This agreement provides that Iatlian emigration to Sao Paulo shall consist entirely of agriculturists exclusive of a very limited number of artisans, not to exceed 5 per cent of the total; that the cost of Italian emigrants’ tickets shall be advanced by the Italian Government and subsequently refunded by the authorities of the State of Sao Paulo; that immigrants’ wages shall be paid monthly or fortnightly; that sons of such immigrants shall be provided with facilities for learning Italian; and, finally, that when the head of an immigrant family dies its remaining members shall be repatriated. Furthermore, the free exercise of all rights granted to citizens by the Brazilian Constitution shall be effectively guaranteed to Italian immigrants, and a Health Service, the cost of which will be defrayed by an Italo-Brazilian Commission entrusted with supervising the application of this agreement, shall be set up in their favor on large agricultural estates.

The bases of this agreement have already been approved by the agricultural associations in Sao Paulo as well as by the Italian Commissioner General of Emigration, and will come into force as soon as it has been ratified by the two Governments.

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