Hicem Aids 13,428 Refugees to Find Homes
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Hicem Aids 13,428 Refugees to Find Homes

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A total of 13,428 German refugees, stranded in Europe, were helped in finding permanent homes from May, 1933 to Jan. 1936, through HICEM, Jewish emigration agency, according to its annual report to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee made public today. The J.D.C. has subventioned HICEM up to fifty per cent of its total expense.

The report shows that 5,393 of the refugees were sent overseas, 3,371 going into Palestine. A large proportion emigrated to South America, 962 going to Brazil, 358 to Paraguay and 237 to the Argentine. The United States and Canada admitted 233 and South Africa 65.

In addition, HICEM assisted 2,222 refugees either to obtain professional training or to settle permanently in different European countries; 2,416 were assisted to re-emigrate and 3,397 were repatriated to the countries of their origin.

In 1935 alone, HICEM assisted in the transportation of 3,043 refugees from Germany, 2172 going overseas. This includes 1,442 emigrants to Palestine. Besides this, HICEM also paid the costs of 350 emigrants going to other European countries and the costs of repatriating to the countries of their origin of 521 more refugees.

The total cost of the HICEM’s work on behalf of the refugees is over $525,000.

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