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Dominican Offer to Refugees Hailed As Aid to World Order

The generous offer of the Dominican Republic to receive permanently Axis-harassed refugees was hailed here today as a valuable laboratory experiment looking toward a worldwide resettlement solution, in a study of refugee resettlement problems, issued by the Brookings Institution.

The results of colonization in the Dominican Republic can be of great experimental significance, inasmuch as most other possible areas of settlement are likewise in the tropics or semitropics and a favorable outcome of the Dominican project would indicate that refugee colonies could be successful elsewhere under similar conditions, the report emphasizes. A colony of nearly 500 has already been established by the Dominican Republic Settlement Association at Sosua. If the results of the Dominican experiment demonstrate that establishment of refugees promotes the prosperity of the country which opens its doors to them, it is possible that other American republics which could absorb a much larger number of immigrants might be willing to act favorably, the report says.

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