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Italy (Displaced Persons)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware of the increased nervousness among Displaced Persons in Italy that after the ratification of the Italian Treaty they risk forcible repatriation to their own countries; and whether he is now in a position to give details of the arrangements that have been made, in conjunction with other members of the International Refugee Organisation, to provide for the future security of all Displaced Persons now in Italy.

I hope that any nervousness will now have been alleviated as a result of the signature by the Italian Government and the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees of an agreement providing for mutual consultations on the questions affecting all refugees remaining in Italy. The decision by the Preparatory Commission of the International Refugee Organisation to continue the work of U.N.R.R.A. and the Intergovernmental Committee should also reassure them.