NEW YORK (Jan. 1)
Approximately 60,000 homeless European Jews, the majority of them DP’s, were helped by the United Jewish Appeal to find new homes in Palestine, the United States and other lends in 1947, according to a year-end report made public today on the relief; rehabilitation and resettlement assistance extended to Europe’s 1,500,000 remaining Jews by the U.J.A.
Of this number, 30,000 were resettled in Palestine, 25,000 in the United States and the remaining 5,000 in other countries, the report said. Funds for this mass migration, including the cost of preparing the emigrants for their Journey and of their care, reception and resettlement upon arrival, were provided by the U.J.A. agencies, which spent a total of 158,000,000 in 1947.
On the basis of present estimates, the agencies of the United Jewish Appeal are gearing their programs to provide for the resettlement needs of close to 125,000 European Jews in 1948, the report said. In accordance with the U.N. decision on Palestine, a minimum of 75,000 Jews are expected to enter the new Jewish state within the next twelve months and it is anticipated that a minimum of 25,000 displaced and refugee Jews will find a haven in the United States under existing immigration procedures, and several thousands will be able to find new homes in other lands.
The report stressed, however, that these were minimum estimates and that favorable legislation at the forthcoming session of Congress may permit a greatly expand-ed flow of refugees to this country, an action “which would have a salutary effect on the immigration policies of other nations.” It estimated that the U.J.A agencies will require $ll3,000,OOO in 1948 to finance the migration of Jews from Europe, aside from their other needs.