New Palestine Immigration Cretificates Difficulty: Government Grants Only Fifth of 1,700 Certificate

The Palestine Government has agreed to issue only a fifth of the 1,700 immigration certificates for the next half-year asked for by the Executive of the Jewish Agency, the J.T.A. understands the greater part of which will not be available for Haluzim.

Negotiations are in active progress, with a view to obtaining an increase in the number of certificates, more in accord with the number asked for by the Jewish Agency Executive, but it is feared that when the “Official Gazette”, which is due to appear on the 15th. inst., publishes the official statement of the numbers of certificates granted, it will be found that the Government has made no addition to the numbers of certificates granted, notwithstanding the representations of the Jewish Agency. Executive.

The Executive of the Jewish Agency in Palestine made an application to the Palestine Government for 1,720 immigration certificates for the half-year October 1st., 1931, to April 1st., 1932, the J.T.A. learnt (reported in the J.T.A. Bulletin of Oct. 17th.).

The Jewish Agency Executive in making the application, pointed out, it was understood that there has been a considerable improvement in the labour situation in Palestine in the last few months. An additional 10,000 dunam of orange groves were planted last year, and it is planned to plant another 4,500 dunam this year. One thousand additional Jewish workers obtained employment as a result of these additions to the area planted, and the Jewish plantations yielded last year 25 per cent more fruit than in the previous year. Several Jewish colonies are already experiencing a shortage of labour, it was stated, to meet which the Jewish Agency asked for the 1,720 new immigration certificates. 650 of these, it was explained, would go to relatives of Palestine residents, and the remainder to Haluzim families.

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