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Truman Asks Congress to Admit 300,000 Europeans in Three Years

March 25, 1952
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President Truman today asked Congress to admit 300,000 Europeans to the United States during the next three years. The President outlined a program which would include aid to refugees from Cominform countries. He explained that the new program would replace the expired Displaced Persons Act.

A total of 100,000 immigrants would be admitted each year for the next three years under the new plan. The 100,000 would be made up each year by 7,000 religious and political refugees from Communism in Eastern Europe, 7,500 Greeks, 7,500 Dutch nationals, 39,000 Italians from Italy and Trieste, and 39,000 Germans and persons of German ethnic origin.

Mr. Truman recommended extension of authority to contribute to and participate in the “Provisional Inter-governmental Committee for the Movement of Migrants from Europe” which 17 governments have joined. The United States has already contributed $10,000,000 to the committee. The committee uses ships formerly operated by the International Refugee Organization.

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