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Tuesday, 9 April 1957


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

What proportion of the passage fares ofthe 10,000 Hungarian refugees whom Australia has agreed to admit this financial year will be contributed by (a) the Australian Government, (b) the United States Escapee Programme, and(c) the Intergovernmental. Committee for European Migration?


Mr Townley - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows: -

The majority of the 10,000 Hungarian refugees whom Australia has agreed to accept during the current financial year will come from Austria, which has carried the brunt of this refugee exodus. We are, in addition, taking some from countries of second asylum; that is, European countries to which these refugees have been moved on from Austria to relieve the strain on the latter's resources. These countries of second asylum, namely, Switzerland, France, Denmark, and Italy, have generally undertaken to make some contribution towards the cost of moving the refugees to overseas countries of permanent resettlement, such as Australia. The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

(a)   £A.38 (85 dollars), being the normal Australian per capita contribution in respect of migrants moved under the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration auspices.

(b)   £A.56 (125 dollars).

(c)   The balance of the passage cost. The average passage cost is 400 dollars (or £A.179) and to the extent that there is a payment by the country of second asylum, the contribution by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (vide (c) in the previous paragraph) would be reduced.







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