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U.N. Parley Recommends Equal Treatment of Refugees and No Penalties for Illegal Entry

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A special United Nations conference of plenipotentiaries meeting in Geneva today adopted a number of articles for inclusion in a proposed convention relating to the status of refugees. The articles adopted would provide for treatment to refugees equal to that accorded nationals or treatment not less favorable than that accorded other aliens in such spheres as employment, housing, public education, relief and professional opportunities.

One of the articles adopted provides that “a contracting state shall, in conformity with its laws and regulations, permit a refugee to transfer assets which he has brought into its territory, to another country where he has been admitted for the purposes of resettlement.” It urges the state to give sympathetic consideration to the application of a refugee for permission to transfer assets wherever they may be and which are necessary for his resettlement to another country where he has been admitted.”

Another article provides that the contracting states “shall not impose penalties, on account of his illegal entry or penance, on a refugee who, being unable to find asylum, even temporarily, in a country other than one in which his life or freedom would be threatened, enters or is present in their territory without authorization, provided he presents himself without delay to the authorities and shows good cause for his illegal entry or presence.

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