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Immigration to U.S. at Lowest Point Since 1840, Survey Reveals

The present decade has seen the lowest rate of immigration since 1831 to 1840, according to statistics presented in a special issue of the magazine Social Work Today, which refutes allegations that European unrest has spurred a flood of immigrants to this country.

A total of 457,675 immigrants entered the United States from 1931 to 1939, the magazine reports from Labor Department statistics, as compared to 600,000 in the fourth decade of the nineteenth century.

The issue, prepared under the editorship of a leading Protestant, Catholic and Jew, urges maintenance of the traditional American hospitality to the immigrant. “a tradition upon which her (America’s) greatness was built.” The editors are Dr. John P. Boland, chairman of the State Labor Relations Board; Dr. Eduard C. Lindeman, of the New York School of Social Work, and Harry L. Lurie, director of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.