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Flow of Exiles into Belgium is Decreasing

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The steady stream of exiles from Nazi Germany filtering into Belgium shows a decided decrease, the Committee for Assisting the Victims of anti-Semitism announced in a statement made to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

During the past few months, the Committee declared, a number of refugees applied for aid, but none from Germany. The majority were expatriates from France and Holland. Action by the French government has resulted in a cessation of the expulsion.

The policy of the Belgium government with reference to foreign newcomers amounts to a feeling there is sufficient labor in the country already. Foreigners intending to come here to seek employment are barred entry. German refugees have been welcomed liberally, however, as well as other political prisoners. The country considers itself an asylum.

Refugees from lands other than Germany are not permitted to work here unless their employment would be of distinct benefit to Belgium and the country’s economic development.

A commission has been established primarily for the purpose of coming to the rescue of these refugees. Refugees possessing means are of course permitted to live here. Others may remain and take employment until such time as the commission finds it possible for them to emigrate.

Those who refuse or neglect to put their names on register for emigration proceedings are ejected forcibly.

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