Intergovernmental Refugee Committee Studying Rhodesia Report

The Intergovernmental Refugee Committee, it was learned today, is studying an informal preliminary report of the British expert commission which has just completed an investigation of refugee settlement possibilities in Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland. It is understood the report indicates some colonization possibilities, but not on a mass scale.

Declaring the Intergovernmental Committee was unable alone to cope with the refugee problem, Sir Edward Grigg, former Governor of Kenya, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, appealed to Britain, France and the United States as the only powers wielding the necessary financial strength to tackle the problem on broader lines to enable large-scale colonization overseas.

Amendment of the act compelling refugee children to re-emigrate from England when they reach 18 was urged by Sir Benjamin Drage in a letter to The Times, citing a letter of the school authorities praising the abilities of refugee children as raising the intellectual standards of British schools. “They are the type England needs,” Sir Benjamin said. He concluded that permitting the refugee children to remain here would help to offset the falling birthrate and shortage of juvenile labor in England.

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