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American Jewish Committee Submits Recommendations to U.N. Committee on Refugees

April 14, 1946
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Twelve points of action for the relief of Jewish refugees and displaced persons in Germany and Austria have been recommended by the American Jewish Committee to the United Nations Special Committee on Refugees and Displaced Persons which is now meeting in London, it was announced here today.

The committee was urged to proclaim that the Jewish refugees and displaced persons have “valid objections to returning to their countries of origin,” and to create provisional status for refugees, issue identity documents to the stateless and seek fair treatment, including the right to work, for refugees in the countries of their present residence.

Calling for immediate evacuation of 100,000 Jewish displaced persons from General Europe, the recommendations stressed the need for liberalization of naturalization laws and procedures, including provisions of citizenship for Jewish refugees in countries of present residence and the elimination of denaturalization and stateless less from the United Nations’ legal system.

The committee was also asked to attempt to bring about proper legal, economic and cultural conditions for the final absorption of refugees, to encourage exploration of promising areas in the world, aimed at developing and increasing their absorptive capacity, and to work for an international migration convention based on the principle of non-discrimination. The necessity for establishing a vocational training and occupational program for displaced persons in Germany and Austria was also stressed in the memorandum.

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