British Order Opens Way to Jobs for Pre-war Refugees

Home Secretary Sir John Anderson issued an order today allowing refugees who arrived in England before Sept. 3 to register for work at employment exchanges.

Such aliens, it was stated, may be employed if no British worker is available for a specific job. Views of the trade union will be taken into account before permission for employment is given. Aliens with high technical skill will be used immediately. The order becomes effective next Monday.

The order opens wide prospects of employment not only for refugees but for British unemployed as well, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was informed. Several cases have been reported where employment of a Jewish specialist makes possible the start of new labor processes giving employment to many Britons. Refugees are now also replacing German specialists who returned to the Reich prior to outbreak of the war.

The employment department of the Jewish Refugee committee is still waiting for the full text of the order. Arrangements to establish a kind of refugee labor exchange were made long ago but its opening awaited issuance of the applications for jobs have been received.

Newspapers, meanwhile, credited an unidentified German Jewish refugee with having smuggled out of Germany and brought to England plans for shell making machinery effecting a considerable saving of metal and speeding up of manufacture. Machinery based on these designs is now being used here in munitions plants.

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