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Lithuania Acts to Set Up Refugee Commissariat with Wide Powers

The Government has introduced a refugee bill in Parliament which provides for creation of a refugee commissariat having the power to administer relief, grant residential permits and initiate deportation action against illegal entrants.

The bill provides prison terms of six months and $1,000 fines for persons harboring illegals. “Dangerous” refugees would be interned in special camps and might be subject to forced labor. Similar measures would be applied to aliens who could not be expelled because of the war. Refugees would be exempt from payment of taxes.

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