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Effect of War on Refugee Problem to Be Aired at White House Parley

September 21, 1939
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The conference of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees at the White House next month will have as the first point on its agenda the outlining of the entire European refugee problem in the light of the radically changed conditions brought about by the war, it was announced today.

In preparation for conference, the committee is receiving reports from South American countries making clear their positions on immigration, the State Department said.

Some of these countries have indicated that they can accept limited immigration of refugees engaged in certain professions, such as medicine and engineering. Other countries would regard favorably the immigration of agriculturists, provided they were well equipped with funds to purchase land and machinery.

Myron C. Taylor, American vice-chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee, will visit the State Department tomorrow. Paul Baerwald, chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee and member of President Roosevelt’s Advisory Committee on Refugees, arrived in Washington today to confer with State Department officials on preliminary plans for the White House conference.

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