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French Jewish Social Workers Instructed on Handling North African Refugees

Social workers of the French Jewish community were instructed here yesterday on how to welcome and integrate an estimated 10,000 Jewish refugees from North Africa who have immigrated to France since the Six-Day War last June, the largest movement of its kind since the exodus of Algerian Jews in 1962.

These new arrivals, about 6,000 from Tunisia and 4,000 from Morocco, will require aid from the Fonds Social Juif Unifie, the central French Jewish welfare agency, and the Liaison Board of the Jewish Associations of Peoples from North Africa. More refugees are expected in the next few weeks. Jacques Lazarus, speaking on behalf of the Association of Algerian Jews, called for harmonious and fruitful cooperation between the welfare fund and the associations of arrivals from North Africa. Collaboration will be required in all areas, particularly housing, work and information, he said.