NEW YORK (Jul. 21)
More than 49,000 Jewish men, women and children received resettlement and related assistance from the United Hias Service last year, including 6,242 migrants and refugees who were aided in finding new homes in Western countries.
Gaynor I. Jacobson, executive vice president of the worldwide migration agency, stated in Hias’ annual report that as a result of the Six-Day War, almost 25,000 Jews fled from Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon and other Arab countries. “A significant number of these people were helped by our agency,” he said. “We provided guarantees for transportation costs, reception at docks and airports and necessary services at reception points. In addition, we worked with other voluntary agencies and friendly governments to secure documents and exit permits for stateless and persecuted Jews.” Mr. Jacobson noted that 1,356 refugees and migrants were assisted by Hias to resettle in the United States last year.
Carlos L. Israels, Hias president, noted that the Hias caseload of persons registered for migration as of the end of 1967 was 14,744, the highest since the Hungarian uprising of 1956. He said that 1967 expenditures totalled $2,183,311. “In projecting our 1968 budget,” Mr. Israels said, “the agency expects to assist about 59,000 Jews, including 6,635 refugees and migrants who will be helped to find new homes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Latin America and Western Europe. Total expenditures for this program will approximate $2,375,000.”