Laguardia Appeals at U.N. Council for Admission of Dp’s to U.S. Canada, Latin America
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Laguardia Appeals at U.N. Council for Admission of Dp’s to U.S. Canada, Latin America

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A passionate appeal to the governments of the United States, Britain, Canada and Latin American countries to open their doors to the immigration of displaced persons from Europe was made today by Fiorello LaGuardia, Director-General of the UNRRA, at the opening here of the third session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

There must be no refugees in Europe after three years, he said. He demanded that an interim commission be established by the United Nations to carry on UNRRA activities for displaced persons in the event that the proposed International Refugee Organization is not ready to function when the UNRRA winds up its activities on June 30, 1947. Trygve Lie, Secretary-General of the United Nations, has announced that he, too, will recommend the creation of such an interim commission.

The functions of this commission would include, among other things, the consideration of a personnel policy which would include the employment of displaced persons by the I.R.O. The commission will also undertake studies with regard to re-settlement, and to coordinate any activities undertaken in this field by inter-governmental and non-governmental agencies.

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