RIO DE JANEIRO (Oct. 20)
Approximately 5,000 Jewish immigrants have come to Brazil since 1957 under an agreement between United Hias Service and the Government of Brazil, it was reported here today. The immigrants included 2,804 Egyptian Jews who were brought to Brazil when the Egyptian Government declared Jews to be stateless persons after the 1956 Sinai campaign.
All of the immigrants were completely accepted. The Roman Catholic Church had a major role in helping to develop the program conducted by Hias. The Egyptian Jewish newcomers, whose transportation and resettlement was handled by Hias and Jewish groups here, have integrated themselves with substantial success, it was reported.
The majority of the Egyptian Jews had special skills or experience in managerial responsibilities. It was relatively easy for them to learn Portuguese. Their assimilation in Brazil was termed rapid and smooth.