HC Deb 13 December 1945 vol 417 cc766-7W
Sir B. Neven-Spence

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refugees from Nazi oppression, including children, were admitted to this country or came independently, between 1933 and 1945; how many of these remained here; how many have applied for visas for Palestine; and how many of these applications have been granted.

Mr. Ede

It is not possible to give a reliable figure showing how many of the persons admitted to this country between 1933 and 1945 can properly be classified as refugees from Nazi oppression. In one sense most of the persons admitted here from the countries which, during the war, were overrun by the Germans can be so described, and there are no figures to show how many of them had previously fled from Germany or Austria. So far as can be estimated, the number of German and Austrian refugees now in this country is under 40,000. Between 1933 and the end of June 1945, figures supplied by the Central Office for Refugees show that over 23,700 have emigrated, but the available figures do not show how many of these have gone to Palestine.