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United Hias Conference Discusses Immigration Outside of Israel

Some 15,000 Jews in Europe and elsewhere have registered with the United Hias Service for immigration to countries other than Israel, James P. Rice, executive director of United Hias, reported here today at the fifth annual immigration conference of the organization. He also praised leaders of the Brazilian and Argentine Government for their sympathetic understanding of the plight of Jewish immigrants and their willingness to accept immigrants from among them.

Mr. Rice and leaders of relief and rehabilitation programs in Europe and North Africa also warned that funds for the maintenance in Europe of Egyptian Jews who fled or were expelled from Egypt in 1956 are inadequate and fast disappearing in the face of anticipated further immigration from Nasser’s United Arab Republic. Mr. Rice predicted that his and other agencies assisting the refugees faced a “deteriorating situation.” He forecast continuation of emigration from the UAR. Some 1, 600 Egyptian Jews are still scattered in France, Italy, Britain and Greece, most of them still on relief rolls.

A substantial increase in the number of persons falling under United Hias jurisdiction in the years ahead was predicted in reports by Harold Trobe, United Hias director for Europe and North Africa, and Charles Jordan, Joint Distribution Committee director general. It was noted that the United States and Australia were the two countries which, next to Israel, accepted the largest number of Jewish refugees as immigrants.

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