I.r.o. Agrees to Assist in Transportation of 45,000 Volksdeutsche to United States

The International Refugee Organization, at the request of the United States Displaced Persons Commission, has agreed to place its migration machinery at the disposal of the commission for the transport of “Volksdeutsche” immigrants to the United States on a reimbursable basis, it was announced this week-end.

The agreement was drafted in Germany and Austria at meetings of I.R.O. official, members of the DP Commission, the High Commissioners for Germany and Austria, and government leaders of both countries. It provides that the I.R.O. will move to the United States Germans eligible under the amended Displaced Persons Act. The costs will be paid by the United States.

Under the agreement, the German Federal Government will establish four staging centers for Volkedeutsche in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich, in areas adjacent to I.R.O. installations. Documentation for Volksdeutsche refugees in Austria will be completed in Salzburg. J. Donald Kingsley, I.R.O. director-general, said the effects of the agreement would in no way delay or hinder the migration of DP’s.

The Displaced Persons Act permits the immigration of 54,745 Volksdeutsche from Eastern Europe. Ten thousand, drawn from this total, have already entered the United States under the original DP Act of 1948.

(In Washington, it was reported this week-end that Ugo Carusi, chairman of the DP Commission since 1948, has submitted his resignation to the White House. Mr. Carusi refused to comment on the report, referring all queries to the White House.)

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