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Hias Sees Need for Resettling 11, 000 Jewish Refugees in 1965

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The United Hias Service expects to aid in the resettlement of more than 11, 000 Jewish refugees in 1965, a 25 percent increase over the 8, 000 refugees slated for resettlement during 1965, James P. Rice of New York, Hias executive director, reported here today.

He outlined Hias plans at the close of a four day conference held here to mark the 80th anniversary of the migration and resettlement agency. He said most of those to be resettled in 1965 would be refugees joining relatives in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Western Europe.

Mr. Rice said that the sharp upward trend in migration was coming at a time when income of Hias from intergovernmental and international sources was decreasing. He noted also that 1964 was the last year in which the agency would receive funds from West German reparations through the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, representing 15 percent of the agency’s budget of $2,500, 000.

Means were studied during the conference to increase income to maintain the traditional Hias policy of never permitting a refugee with a visa to be stranded. One hundred leaders in the field of international refugee work took part in the workshops. They included Harry Berse and Mrs. Albert Speed of New York. Hias vice-presidents; Harry M. Friedman, Hias comptroller; Gaynor Jacobson, director of Hias European and North African operations; and Joseph Kage, executive director of Canadian Jewish Aid Services.

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