Tuesday, April 10, 2012

NYT December 12, 1940: Lisbon's Refugees Now Put at 8,000

And here is a very detailed report from the famous James 'Scotty' Reston about the refugee situation in Lisbon. Among other interesting tidbits are these:
The Portuguese Government first controlled the movement of refugees from France to Portugal by making sure that all those applying for visas actually had transportation to the United States or some other country and they also checked to make sure that the people sincerely intended to go to the countries for which they had visas.
The government has consistently extended their visas to allow them to remain here until new homes can be found. Salazar has even cooperated in establishing schools for refugee children 
The Netherland and Belgian governments are also helping by allowing refugees to go to the Netherland Indies and the Belgian Congo.
Lots more great information in the full report.




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