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Cuban Immigration Department Announces More Liberal Policy on Admitting Refugees

A more liberal policy towards the refugees from war zones and the lands of oppression in Europe will be applied by the Cuban authorities to those seeking refuge in the Western Hemisphere, especially in allowing refugees temporary shelter pending receipt of permanent immigration visas elsewhere, it was announced here today.

Assurances to this effect were given by Dr. Alexandro Vergoda, the newly appointed chief of the Cuban Immigration Department, in an interview with Mr. Isaac Yagodnik, president of the Centre Israelita de Cuba, an affiliate of the Hias-Ica Emigration Association. An official decree, which will enable refugees from Europe be come to and stay temporarily in Cuba until their immigration visas to South, Central and North American countries are obtained, will be issued soon. The visas for temporary stay will be issued whenever a satisfactory guarantee can be furnished as to the political status of the prospective immigrant and following the fulfillment of the required financial arrangements.