Intergovernmental Migration Body to Study Aid to Refugees

The Provisional Intergovernmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe, which concluded sessions recently in Washington, has agreed to study the situation of European refugees temporarily located outside Europe, it was learned today.

The migration committee will conduct this study in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Arthur Greenleigh, executive director of the United Service for New Americans, who represented the voluntary agencies as an observer at the Washington parley, disclosed.

Thousands of European refugees are stranded in sections of the Middle East and Africa and are in “imminent danger” unless the migration committee can undertake to move them to permanent settlement in other countries, Mr. Greenleigh said. The committee’s charter does not specifically include aid to migrants outside Europe but Mr. Greenleigh, speaking for the voluntary agencies at the Washington meeting, warned that the committee must accelerate and broaden its program in the face of “the whole world-wide refugee and surplus population problem.”

The voluntary agencies, Mr. Greenleigh said, are hopeful that the migration committee will move forward with a practical program for aiding additional refugees when it holds its next meeting in Geneva in October.

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