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Australian Government Decides to Admit 50,000 Children from European Countries

The Commonwealth Government has decided to bring 50,000 child migrants to Australia during the next three years. Most of them will be war-orphans from Europe.

It is expected that 34 shiploads of 500 each will arrive in Australia yearly under the program. The age groups will be six to 14 for British children and six to 12 for the children of other nationalities.

W. L. Brand, chief executive officer of the Australian Jewish Society’s children committee, said; “Child migration to Australia should be left to denominational organizations. It is doubtful whether Australia will get 17,000 children yearly from Britain and European countries. Already the United States, Canada and South America have selected nearly 70,000 of these children and the Commonwealth will have to act quickly to get the pick of the immigrants.”