Jewish and Non-jewish Relief Groups Urge Prolongation of Inter-governmental Aid

The prediction that the International Refugee Organization, which is to expire September 30, will be extended to the end of the year was made today at the United Nations Social Commission now meeting here.

A decision to ask the Commission to consider the plight of refugees and migrants after the expiration of the International Refugee Organization was adopted here at a conference of non-governmental organizations in which all major international Jewish organizations dealing with refugee problems participated. The conference emphasized the need for avoiding interruption of inter-governmental machinery for resettlement assistance and emergency relief for refugees.

The headquarters of the International Refugee Organization here today issued a report stating that refugee settlement in the United States climbed to 9,626 in January–the highest point in 15 months–and that prospects for continuing admission of large numbers to the United States are very good. The report said that agreements are now nearing completion with Israel and the Scandinavian countries for providing care for a substantial number of refugees requiring continued institutional care.

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