OTTAWA (Mar. 5)
Immigration Minister Thomas Crerar has confirmed reports that approximately 3,000 Sudeten German refugees will be permitted to enter Canada to become farmers. The refugees include both Christians and Jews. In an interview, Mr. Crerar said he could not state definitely the number who would be allowed entry. He added, however, that of 1,200 families involved, he did not consider that more than 750 families would qualify as agriculturists.
Mr. Crerar revealed that each family would have a minimum of $1,500 in cash with which to establish itself on the land. This money, he said, is being provided by the Czecho-Slovakian Government to a total of $2,000,000, as part of a loan made by the British and French Governments following the Munich agreement. The families are now located in camps in Czechoslovakia. Canadian immigration inspectors stationed in Poland and Germany, Mr. Crerar said, will pass upon them before they leave for Canada. Mr. Crerar declared he did not believe that locations had yet been chosen for the families in Canada.