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If Other Nations Followed U.S. Lead Refugee Problem Could Be Solved, Youth Congress is Told

The refugee problem could be solved if the British Dominions and Latin American countries followed the United States’ lead, the World Youth Congress was told in an address by James G. McDonald, former League High Commissioner for Refugees Coming from Germany and now a member of President Roosevelt’s refugee advisory committee. Mr. McDonald assailed the “narrow, short-sighted” policy of almost all nations in dealing with the refugees.

The speaker, who had attended the intergovernmental refugee conference at Evian, France, declared that “only two or three, or at the outside four” of the Latin American nations has shown comparative liberalism in their attitude. Pointing out that the United States had pledged itself to use its full quota of 27,000 from Greater Germany, Mr. McDonald urged the delegates to return to their respective countries and to urge their governments “to enrich themselves with the picked brains and intelligence of some of the finest people in the world.”