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Canada to Study Possibilities of Admitting Jews from North Africa

Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Guy Favreau, notified the Jewish community of the Dominion today that a team representing the Ministry is being sent to North Africa to look into the possibility of admitting into this country Jewish immigrants from Morocco and Tunisia, without sponsorship.

The notice from M. Favreau came as a result of a conference held with him at Ottawa recently by a joint delegation representing the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services.

The delegation had presented a brief requesting the admission of immigrants from Morocco and Tunisia now residing in France or in some other country on an occupational basis; extension of admissible categories from Rumania and Poland; admission of Jewish immigrants from Egypt; immigration of former Algerian Jews; and the prospective immigration of Jews from Greece and Italy whose entry could be facilitated by the assumption of responsibility for their care and settlement.

In his response, M. Favreau said that a number of the requests will be examined by his Ministry “in the most favorable light,” and definitive replies will be made soon. Meanwhile, however, he gave assurance about sending a team to North Africa to look into the group of possible immigrants from Morocco and Turisia.