GENEVA (Jun. 6)
An American official said here today that governments in the Communist orbit take into account world opinion and that this is reflected in the recent marked increase in the rate of emigration from Eastern Europe of 2-3000 per month. James Carlin, Counsellor for Refugee, Migration and Red Cross Affairs at the US Mission here, told the 17th overseas conference of the United Hias Service that the US government welcomed this development and was ready to assume a substantial share of the burden of the migrants’ resettlement, whether they go to Israel or elsewhere.
(A Hias official in New York told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the 2-3000 per month rate represented Jewish emigration from Eastern European countries, including the Soviet Union.) Carlin noted that the US had a long tradition of generous assistance to refugees as part of its efforts to achieve lasting peace. He said this assistance was no longer on an ad hoc basis and there was now the capability to cope effectively with ongoing refugee problems and to respond swiftly to new emergency situations whether in Europe, Africa or elsewhere. Carlin said the US spent some $312 million on refugee aid programs during the last calendar year.
John Thomas, director of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration told the Hias conference that he hoped President Nixon’s recent visits to China and Russia would produce conditions under which people would be permitted to move freely when they felt such movement would improve future possibilities for themselves and their families. Gaynor Jacobson, executive vice-president of Hias, the agency aiding Jewish migration to countries other than Israel, said that several hundred Soviet Jews have already arrived in the US with Hias assistance. He said they had made an “excellent adjustment.”
Interpol, the international police force, warned airport authorities in Copenhagen today that European-based members of the Japanese terrorist group, Red Star, might try another attack similar to the May 30 massacre at Lydda Airport.