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Friday, 16 October 1970


Mr Cohen asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How many nominations have been received by his Department for the admission of Soviet citizens of Jewish faith?

(2)   In how many of these cases have unexplained delays occurred in securing the consent of the Soviet authorities for the nominees to leave the Soviet Union?


Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(l)   In accepting nominations in Australia for the admission of new settlers from overseas, including the USSR, no information is sought by the Department concerning the religious affiliations of the nominees involved.

Since the commencement of 'Operation Reunion' in 1956 persons resident in the USSR sponsored for Australian resettlement have been:

 

For the reason given above it is not known how many of these nominees were of the Jewish faith.

(2)   Againstthe 2,610 persons sponsored those granted exit facilities and visas have been.:

 

Of the nominees who did not obtain exit facilities and visas it must be assumed that a number, for personal reasons, had no wish to resettle abroad or moved to countries other than Australia.

With regard to the others, reports from sponsors suggest that some of these may have experienced delay and difficulty in obtaining permission from the Soviet authorities to leave their homeland. No accurate information is available with regard to the numbers concerned, and for the reason given in (1) above no information is available concerning the number of nominees of the Jewish faith whose permission to leave the Soviet Union may have been delayed or refused.







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