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Australia Signs Agreement to Admit 4,000 Dp’s This Year, 1,000 Monthly Thereafter

An agreement covering the immigration to Australia of 4,000 Displaced Persons during the remainder of 1947 and approximately 1,000 monthly thereafter, was signed yesterday by Arthur Calwell, Australian Immigration Minister, and the I.R.O.

Pointing out that it is the intention of his government to take “persons of good will,” without discrimination as to race or religion, Calwell said that the emphasis will be placed on manual workers.

It was not indicated, however, that previously announced Australian policy that all groups of refugee immigrants must be at least 75% non-Jewish would be altered. Immigrants will be selected by officers of the Australian Government beginning in the latter half of August.