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U.N. Commission Hears Report on Housing of Immigrants in Israel

A report on the housing conditions under which new immigrants are living in Israel was presented today at a session of the United Nations Social Commission by G.G. Lotan, member of the Israel delegation to the U.N.

Mr. Lotan said that the population of Israel had doubled since the end of 1948 and the problem of housing the new immigrants had been one of the most difficult the government had had to face. At first, many new settlers had had to be housed in tents, and later in tin huts, with permanent housing available for them only after a year or two. However, could be ended in a year, as work on housing programs continued. Government wanted to thank the United Nations for its technical assistance to Israel in the field of housing, which had helped greatly in meeting the problem, he declared.