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International Body to Aid Movement of Jews to Israel

January 22, 1953
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The Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration–successor organization to the international Refugee Organization–today announced a new agreement with the Israel Government to assist in the movement of Jewish refugees from Europe to Israel.

The agreement sets up two categories of Jewish refugees eligible for assistance: those who have left their country of citizenship in Europe on or after January 1, 1953 and have arrived in France or Italy en route to Israel; and refugees whose establishment in Europe “has been found impossible” and who now wish to be moved to Israel for permanent resettlement there.

The accord will cover the movement of 2, 000 Jewish refugees to Israel. It makes provision, however, “should circumstances warrant it,” for a new agreement prior to the termination of the present one. The Israel Government will name representatives to act in its behalf in Italy and France, “and elsewhere as may be necessary,” to arrange for the immigration of refugees.

Under the 1952 agreement, which became effective last August after Israel’s adhesion to I.C.E.M., the Migration Committee assisted in the resettlement of 485 Jewish refugees to Israel.

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