England Seen Taking Firmer View on Exiles

The position of the Jewish refugees from Germany as far as their outlook for remaining in England is concerned, is uncertain, it was explained in the House of Commons today by Sir John Gilmour, the Home Secretary.

Sir John, asked whether Reich refugees will be permitted to remain in England if they do not seek work, replied that there is a possibility they may become a burden to the State.

Sir John was then asked whether the government would have any objection to granting permission to remain in the country to such refugees who will be supported by their friends. The Home Secretary’s reply was that the government would certainly object, since there is no guarantee that their friends would continue to support the refugees.

The refugees question came up when an interpellation was made by Member of Parliament Mabane with regard to a Jewish refugee from Germany who has been ordered to leave the country. The Home Secretary explained that the Jewish refugee was admitted last October for one month to visit his friends in England. He does not, however, desire to leave the country now and has been seeking employment. When this was discovered the Home Office ordered him to leave England.

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