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I.r.o. Prepartory Commission Hesitates to Issue Immigration Appeal to U.N. Members

May 12, 1947
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While the Preparatory Commission for the International Refugee Organization has accepted in full the report of Arthur J. Altmeyer, its executive secretary, on the need for resettlement of refugees and displaced persons, it is still hesitating to send out an urgent appeal to the 55 member states of the United Nations asking them to open their doors to immigration.

Madame Verwey of the Netherlands warned yesterday against the dangers of exclusive selection of immigrants from among skilled workers. She pleaded with the delegates not to overlook the “Jews who wish to go to Palestine, but cannot” and the aged and infirm. Several other speakers stressed the importance of the immigration of complete family units, and appealed for “exceptional measures.” for the raising of immigration quotas in all countries of the world.

Dr. Joseph Schwartz, European director of the J.D.C. and representatives of the World Jewish Congress and the Jewish Agency have been following developments here closely. The three Jewish organizations have been meeting jointly with the IRO secretariat in informal discussions on coordinating future relief activities.

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