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Refugees In Britain (Return)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 22 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has had under review the return of Austrian refugees from this country to Austria; if the appeal, submitted on behalf of the Free Austrian Movement in Great Britain, of 100 Austrian anti-Nazis having special qualifications to assist in social and economic reconstruction, has received further consideration; and when the systematic return of Austrian refugees to their own country will start.

Yes, Sir. I have had this question under review and have considered the particular appeal to which the hon. Member refers. Owing to the acute shortage of transport, food and shelter in Austria, it has been impossible so far to permit the return of refugees, but the matter is under active consideration and I think refugees may be able to begin to return to Austria on a small scale before long.