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Bira Bidjan Lacks Laborers, Medical Facilities, Dwellings

The lack of dwelling places and a shortage of labor as well as inadequate medical facilities are sorely felt in Bira Bidjan, Far Eastern Republic, according to a report made today by the secretary of the Ozet, the society for settling the Jews on the land. Bira Bidjan is the site of the proposed Jewish Republic.

The report shows that even the four existing Soviet collectives lack sufficient laborers for their successful development. Although the prospects are good for agriculturists and artisans in the future much work and some time must elapse before further immigration on a large scale is possible, the Ozet’s report says.