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I.r.o. to Transfer Legal Protection of Refugees to Commissioner

The International Refugee Organization will, as of October 1st, hand over to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees the legal protection of all those refugees within the I.R.O. mandate at present in Germany or Austria, it was announced here today.

The announcement was made by U.N. High Commissioner G.J. van Heuven Goedhart. He said that an exception will be made for those refugees who are actually in the “resettlement pipeline.” The U.N. Economic and Social Council’s Social Committee today decided to recommend the appointment of an advisory committee to the High Commissioner composed of representatives of 15 states interested in the refugee problem.