Situation of Jewish Refugees in Finland Improved; Residence Restrictions Lifted

Residence restrictions have been lifted for Jewish refugees in Finland and they are now being permitted to reside in any but military districts, according to a report appearing in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter today. The paper says that the new regulations are an indication of the generally improved situation for refugees in Finland.

The report discloses that a number of refugees who were confined in concentration camps on Asland in the Gulf of Finland and who were later transferred to work camps have now been released and allowed to seek employment. The Dagens Hyheter quotes a letter from the chairman of the Helsinki Jewish Community Council to the Stockholm Jewish community office confirming the above reports and adding that many refugees want to emigrate to Sweden since they are uncertain as to their ultimate disposition because of Finland’s status as an ally of Germany. It is understood that in principle Finnish authorities are not opposed to such emigration, but only about 15 have been allowed to leave since March.

The Stockholm press today also reports that the Gothenburg City Council has appropriated 25,000 kroner for distribution among needy refugees from Denmark and Norway.

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