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Ecuador, Satisfied with Refugees, May Open Its Doors for Post-war Immigration

The hope that Ecuador would receive free immigration from Europe was expressed yesterday in a speech before the council of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration by S. E. Duran Ballen, Ecuadorian consul-general at New York and his country’s delegate here.

Duran Bellen said he hoped that “such inhuman expressions as ‘refugees seeking protection’ may disappear and be replaced by free emigration from liberated countries coming to the Americas in search of elbow room and new homes, and assisting us in maintaining ever higher and purer the torch of liberty.”

Interviewed after his speech, Duran Bellen told of the satisfaction in his country with refugees who have settled there, After the war, he said, a commission should go to Europe to arrange for the sending of immigrants, and other groups should come from Europe to arrange for their reception in the western hemisphere. Such commissions, he added, might well arise from the work of UNRRA.