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Bureya Immigrants to Work in Lumber Yards Before Settling on Land

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The movement of Jewish transmigrants to Bira Bidzhan, Bureya, will be continued during the coming autumn but not with a view of immediate settling on the land, the Comzet, the Government Department for Jewish Colonization Work, decided.

According to the plan adopted, 1,000 Jewish transmigrants are to be helped to proceed to Bureya in the autumn to engage in lumbering until the end of the winter. Work in the lumber yards guarantees the transmigrants an earning of five roubles daily. The opinion prevails that if this method is pursued the settlers will save enough money until March to enable them to start farming.

The Yiddish Communist daily “Emes” published today the reply of Professor Bruk, the investigator of the Bira Bidzhan region, to the report of M. Merezhin in which the difficulties of colonization work in Bureya are outlined. Professor Bruk declares that in his first report he did mention the swampy regions in Bureya and also the fact that 12,000 farms could be created with no amelioration work if established in the Pri-Amur district as originally planned, and not in the central region, the center of the present effort.

Forty thousand Jewish workers are registered as unemployed in the Odessa labor exchange according to the report of the “Emes.” Two hundred of this number are now finding work in the factories, the paper states.

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