Montreal (Jun. 10)
(By Our Montreal Correspondent, A Rheinwein)
A number of the Jewish refugees, who have been stranded in various ports in Europe and else-where for some years now, will soon find a haven in Canada. The Jewish Immigration Society here, which several years ago brought over some five hundred Ukrainian refugees and settled them in this country, is making arrangements to bring over three hundred more of these unfortunate wanderers.
According to the immigration laws in force here at the present time, three categories of immigrants are admissible: farm laborers, domestic servants and near relatives, i.e., parents, wives and children under eighteen years of age. The Jewish Immigration Cociety, however, is entitled yearly to certain concessions, which permit of the entry of a limited number of other, more distant relatives, such as brothers nephews and nieces. Three thousand Jewish immigrants are admissible during 1926 under the terms of this concession. Moreover. the government has granted permission for the entrance each year of 300 to 350 refugees, even if they have no resident relatives in Canada, on condition that their status as refugees will be vouched for by the United Evacuation Committee of Paris.
Thus, the chief problem confronting the Jewish Immigration Society is the bringing over and settlement of the group of refugees admissible under the terms of the agreement with the government, for the other immigrants, coming to relatives already settled here, will be taken care of by their kin.
Arrangements are being made, with the promise of a number of foreign Jewish organizations to contribute part of the expense that will be required. A united committee is being formed here, on which there will be representatives of the Ica and the Jewish Immigration Society, who will be in charge of the arriving refugees, the first group of whom are expected to reach Canada a few weeks from now.