Evian Committee


Communicated by the Government of the United States of America to the Governments invited. i. To consider what steps can be taken to facilitate the settlement in other countries of political refugees from Germany (including Austria). The term " political refugees", for the purposes of the present meeting, is intended to include persons who desire to leave Germany as well as those who have already done so. The Conference would of course take due account of the work now being done by other agencies in this field and would seek means of supplementing the work done by them. To consider what immediate steps can be taken, within the existing immigration laws and regulations of the receiving countries, to assist the most urgent cases. It is anticipated that this would involve each participating Government furnishing, in so far as may be practicable, for the strictly confidential information of the Committee, a statement of its immigration laws and practices and its present policy regarding the reception of immigrants. It would be helpful for the Committee to have a general statement from each participating Government of the number and type of immigrants it is now prepared to receive or that it might consider receiving. To consider a system of documentation, acceptable to the participating States, for those refugees who are unable to obtain requisite documents from other sources. To consider the establishment of a continuing body of Governmental representatives, to be set up in some European capital, to formulate and to carry out, in co-operation with existing agencies, a long-range programme looking toward the solution or alleviation of the problem in the larger sense. To prepare a resolution making recommendations to the participating Governments with regard to the subjects enumerated above and with regard to such other subjects as may be brought for consideration before the intergovernmental meeting.